RE: The 'user' in User Manual

Subject: RE: The 'user' in User Manual
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 05 Feb 2007 14:48:05 -0600 (CST)

I just jumped back into this thread after missing a good part of it. I taught English as a second language for a number of years and have a Master's degree in that area of teaching. I, too, have never heard of deictic or anamorphic pronouns.

I did google them, however, and found out why I had not heard of them: these are linguistics terms, not categories in traditional grammar. Here's where I found the definitions:

I must say, in 23 years of work, I've never encountered a technical writing department that required its writers to know linguistics terminology and theories. Traditional grammar, yes; linguistics, no.



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