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Good style : writing for science and technology

Author: John Kirkman
Publisher: London ; New York : Chapman & Hall, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book explains the tactics you can use to write technical material - ranging from reports to manuals - in a coherent, readable style. The author discusses in detail choices of vocabulary,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Style manuals
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Kirkman
ISBN: 0419171908 9780419171904
OCLC Number: 25730801
Description: viii, 221 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Style as choice 2. Sentence length and complexity 3. Weight and familiarity of vocabulary 4. Specialist vocabulary: jargon 5. 'Fashionable' words 6. 'Roundabout' and unusual phrasing 7. Excessive pre-modifiers 8. Use of nouns as pre-modifiers 9. Abstraction 10. Excessive 'nominalization' 11. Verbs: tense and voice 12. Verbs: impersonal vs first-person constructions 13. Verbs: impersonal vs second-person constructions 14. Punctuation 15. Tone: in hard copy and in on-screen text 16. Avoiding 'distorted' English in computer-related texts 17. Style for instructions 18. Style for descriptive and explanatory writing 19. Specifications 20. Style for correspondence 21. Writing for international audiences: general policy 22. Writing for international audiences: writing for 'expert' readers 23. Writing for international audiences: writing for students 24. Writing for readers who do not understand English 25. On avoiding ambiguity
Responsibility: John Kirkman.

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