RE: Rhetoric and technical writing

Subject: RE: Rhetoric and technical writing
From: "Sharon Burton" <sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com>
To: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2006 07:52:57 -0800

I think also Anadiplosis, Conduplicatio, Epanalepsis, Procatalepsi,
Distinctio and a few others, depending on what you are writing about and
your audience.

And yes, these are devices that the reader shouldn't notice you are doing;
they should lead the reader thru the material. But they are the difference
between clear writing and confused writing.


Sharon Burton
CEO, Anthrobytes Consulting
Immediate Past President of IESTC

-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart Burnfield [mailto:slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au]
Sent: Monday, January 16, 2006 7:29 AM
To: sharon -at- anthrobytes -dot- com; techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: Rhetoric and technical writing

Thanks, Sharon, this site looks really interesting.

At a first glance these classical devices are mostly appropriate to
essays and speeches. The ones I think we might use in technical writing
are parallelism, metabasis, distinctio, analogy, parenthesis, hypophora,
enumeratio, exemplum, hypotaxis, and maybe dirimens copulatio.

I guess the trick is to use these devices so that they make their mark
without being noticed by the reader. They are most effective when they
move, like the crocodile, just below the surface. :-)



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