Rhetorical Grammar Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects

ISBN-10: 0321103386

ISBN-13: 9780321103383

Edition: 4th 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Martha Kolln

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Most writers, even very good ones, would probably admit to a lack of knowledge of and confidence regarding grammar. Many can write good sentences; but shouldn't they be able to discuss them, thinking about alternatives? And many can punctuate their sentences; but shouldn't they, too, be able to explain why? The place in the writing process where a knowledge of grammar often makes the biggest difference is in the revision process. This book therefore provides its readers with the tools to have more confidence in their writing, to have the ability to talk about why they made the writing choices they did, and to see the versatility, beauty and vast possibilities of language. Presenting grammar as a rhetorical tool, this book avoids the "do's and don'ts" so long associated with grammar. It reveals to readers the system of grammar they already know subconsciously, encouraging them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers. In addition to providing key strategies for revision, the book presents systematic discussions of audience expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modifiers, diction, and other principles. Writers, teachers, and anyone who writes in general.
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Book details

List price: $51.20
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing
Publication date: 6/25/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Each chapter begins with "Chapter Preview" and concludes with "Key terms," "Rhetorical Reminders" and "Punctuation Reminder."
Preface
Introduction
Understanding Sentences
The Structure of Sentences
The Two-Part Sentence
The Expanded Verb
Sentence Patterns
The Optional Slot
The Passive Voice. "Clause" and "Sentence". Punctuation and the Sentence Patterns
Cohesion
Reader Expectation
The Known-New Contract
The Role of the Passive Voice
Metadiscourse
Parallelism
Levels of Generality
Sentence Rhythm
Intonation: The Peaks and Valleys
End Focus
Controlling Rhythm
Rhythm and the Comma
Power Words
The Writer's Voice
Tone
Diction
Metadiscourse
Point of View
Coordination
Coordination Within the Sentence
Compound Sentences
The Compound Sentence: Punctuation Review
Brevity and Subordination
Brevity
Subordination
Making Choices
Choosing Verbs
Showing, Not Telling
The Overuse of Be
Verbs and Grammar
The Abstract Subject
Choosing Adverbials
The Opening Adverbial
The Prepositional Phrase
The Subordinate Clause
Infinitive (Verb) Phrases
Movability and Closure
The Qualifiers
Choosing Adjectivals
Determiners
Adjectives and Nouns
Prepositional Phrases
Participle Phrases
Relative Clauses
The Broad-Reference Clause
Other Nominals
Punctuation Revisited
Choosing Appositives and Absolutes
Appositives
Absolute Phrases
Key Words
Choosing Stylistic Variations
The Coordinate Series
Repetition
Word-Order Variation
Ellipsis
Antithesis
The Deliberate Fragment
A Way With Words
Word Classes
Lexical Rules
Parts of Speech
The Form Classes
Pronouns
Personal Pronouns
Personal Pronoun Errors
Reflexive Pronouns
Reciprocal Pronouns
Demonstrative Pronouns
Indefinite Pronouns
Punctuation
Punctuation: Its Purposes, Its Hierarchy, and Its Rhetorical Effects
The Purposes of Punctuation Marks
The Hierarchy of Punctuation
The Rhetorical Effects of Punctuation
Glossary of Punctuation
Glossary of Terms
Bibliography
Answers to the Exercises
Index
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