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Signs, Genres, and Communities in Technical Communication





ISBN 9780415784689
Published January 30, 2019 by Routledge
272 Pages

 
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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 

 

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Biography

M. Jimmie Killingsworth is a retired professor and former head of the English department at Texas A&M University. A Walt Whitman scholar and award-winning author, nature writer, and Texas Master Naturalist, Killingsworth has written or cowritten eleven books.