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									Memorandum

       To: Participants in Topics: Editing the Style of Tech Pubs (Eng 674-02 and -03)

    From: Roland Nord

     Date: September 11, 2012

       Re: Writing sample analysis (Sentence_patterns.doc)

             You may work individually or collaboratively on the first section; then, complete the
             second section by analyzing one or more paragraphs of your own prose from a technical
             document.

             Analysis of passage from Jone’s Technical Writing Style (5-6)
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              Some of the bias against style in technical prose can be seen in definitions of stylistics.
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              Defininitions of stylistics relect a preoccupation with literary rather than technical prose.
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              A typical dictionary definition of stylistics is “an aspect of literary study that emphasizes
             the analysis of various elements of style (as metaphor and diction).”14 4In A Dictionary of
             Stylistics, Katie Wales defines stylistics as “the study of style,”15 but she notes a confusion
             of stylistics with literary stylistics, “literary because it tends to focus on literary texts.”16
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              Wales offers the helpful distinction of general stylistics: “a cover term to cover the
             analsyses of non-literary varieties of language.”17
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              Perhaps the major reason stylistics traditionally has been preoccupied with literary rather
             than scientific and technical prose is that literary prose appears to be more emotive or
             more expressive. 7However, this view simplifies a complex issue. 8Scientific and technical
             prose is often very expressive of the indiviudal self. 9In Science as Writing, David Locke
             offeres a compelling argument in defense of the expressiveness of scientific prose: 10“…I
             vigorously deny that traditional assessment in literary and scientific camps that one, if
             not the, discriminating feature between literary language and scientific language is that the
             former is expressive and the latter is not.”18 11Locke is careful not to suggest “that all
             scientific language is highly expressive or that all scientific language is equally
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         expressive.”19 12What Locke argues is “that scientific language can be expressive…of the
         individual self and expressive of ideas and of powerful feelings.”20 13Locke knows that
         the writing in most scientific journals shows little expressiveness, but he believes there is
         a residue even in these publications. 14Within the discourse community of a particular
         scientist, the expressiveness is there for all to see: 15“Scientists who know well the
         workers in their particular field will know precisely who wrote a given paper, whether or
         not the name appears on it, and they will know equally well what the author’s feelings are
         about the work reported.




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             Analysis of your own writing
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              In a memo to me, please reproduce one or more paragraphs (a total of 12-20 sentences)
             of your writing. 2Number each sentence; then, identify the sentence pattern for each
             sentence.
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              Provide a brief analysis of your writing. 4Is this a typical sample of your writing? 5Does it
             appear to reflect your typical use of the sentence patterns?
             I chose to number the sentences above by inserting endnotes at the beginning of the
             sentence. To insert an endnote,
                 1. Press Alt-I, N, N.
                 2. Under Location, click Endnotes; then, under Format, click 1, 2, 3 as the
                     Number format.
             Save your document as Sentence_patterns_y3i.doc (e.g., Sentence_patterns_rdn.doc),
             replacing the y3i with your three initials.

1 simple
2 compound
3 simple
4 simple
5 simple

								
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