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Signs, Genres, and Communities in Technical Communication

1st Edition

By M. Jimmie Killingsworth, Michael K Gilbertson

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This important new text invites readers to step back from their busy professional lives and look at technical communication philosophically, to ask fundamental questions such as what does it mean to communicate? and how do language and graphics - the ""signs"" or ""tools"" of the technical communicator - relate to action in a technological world? Through this excursion in the theory of technical discourse, you will discover a fresh approach to reports, manuals, and proposals produced and consumed daily in business, government, and research organizations around the world. The authors examine familiar genres in two relatively new ways.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joe Chew

Acknowledgments

List of Tables and Figures

Introduction: A Three-Part Theory of Technical Communication

PART I. SIGNS

A General Theory of Signs

Representation in Document Design

PART II. GENRES

Genres of Technical Communication

Generic Audiences in Technical Communication

Generic Authors in Technical Communication

PART III. COMMUNITIES

Style and Human Action in Technical Writing

Communities of Discourse

Management and the Writing Process

The Range of Instrumental Discourse

Bibliography

Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health