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Ross, Derek G. – Written Communication, 2013
Common topics are words or phrases used to develop argument, and commonplaces aid memory or catalyze frames of understanding. When used in argumentation, each may help interested parties more effectively communicate valuable scientific and environment-related information. This article describes 12 modern topics of environmental rhetoric,…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse, Environment, Interviews
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Hyland, Ken – Written Communication, 2010
Recent research has emphasized the close connections between writing and the construction of an author's identity. While academic contexts privilege certain ways of making meanings and so restrict what resources participants can bring from their past experiences, we can also see these writing conventions as a repertoire of options that allow…
Descriptors: Authors, Self Concept, Academic Discourse, Identification
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Wynn, James – Written Communication, 2007
From a rhetorical perspective, Mendel's work and its reception elicit two important questions: (a) why were Mendel's arguments so compelling to 20th century biologists? And (b) why where they so roundly ignored by his contemporaries? The focus of this article is to examine the latter question while commenting on the former by employing several…
Descriptors: Audience Response, Rhetorical Theory, Plants (Botany), Innovation
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Fahnestock, Jeanne – Written Communication, 2004
Researchers studying science communication often examine how texts addressed to different audiences contribute to the formation of knowledge on a given issue. This article examines how arguments on scientific issues travel from text to text by considering how certain figures of speech persist from version to version. It uses a specialized genre of…
Descriptors: Researchers, Figurative Language, Audiences, Research Reports