1st Edition

New Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication
Research, Theory, Practice





ISBN 9780895030368
Published June 15, 1983 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

New Essays in Technical and Scientific Communication represents the most important collection of writings about technical communications ever compiled. Focusing on a wide range of theoretical and practical issues, these essays reflect the rigor, vitality, and interdisciplinary nature of modern technical communications. This represents a collection of the very best scholarly work being done.

Table of Contents

Introduction Paul V. Anderson, R. John Brockmann, and Carolyn R. Miller

PART I: EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
 Studying Writing in Non-Academic Settings Lee Odell, Dixie Goswami, Anne Herrington, and Doris Quick Revising Functional Documents: The Scenario Principle Linda Flower, John R. Hayes, and Heidi Swarts

Topical Focus in Technical Writing Lester Faigley and Stephen P. Witte

PART II: REASSESSING READABILITY
What Constitutes a "Readable" Technical Style? Jack Selzer A Cognitive Approach to Readability Thomas N. Huckin

PART III: APPROACHES FROM RHETORIC, DISCOURSE THEORY, AND SOCIOLOGY
The Role of Models in Technical and Scientific Writing Victoria M. Winkler A Rhetoric for Research in Sciences and Technologies James P. Zappen

A Theoretical Perspective on "How To" Discourse Elizabeth Harris

Scientific Writing as a Social Act: A Review of the Literature of the Sociology of Science Charles Bazerman

PART IV: HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
Style as Therapy in Renaissance Science James Stephens Bacon, Linnaeus, and Lavoisier: Early Language Reform in the Sciences James Paradis

PART V: REDEFINITION What's Technical about Technical Writing? David N. Dobrin

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