Huckinâ€™s article … I didnâ€™t know there was a term for it.
Â IÂ wonder a little about being able to justify it.Â I guess I will go back and look at the other articles he says are done in the same genre.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œWriters belong to multiple discourse communities…â€
is an interesting statement and one that I will be dealing with in my dissertation, if the company I want lets me study their stuff.Â All their writers are scientists, working as tech writers.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œWas this of interest to composition teachers?â€
Â I wonder that myself sometimes.Â But I think that this topic I am looking at will be of interest to tech writing teachers.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I thought it was interesting that Nate had fewer connectives and demonstratives and article ratios than the scholars.Â Even for a formal paper, most people donâ€™t write the same way as they would for a journal article.Â I also think it is interesting that Haswell is invoked to corroborate, after the fact, their intuitive response.Â Haswell says a competent writer doesnâ€™t need all those things.Â They take that to mean that Nate is a competent writer.Â That also implies that the ten scholars are not.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I thought they were silly to say that he was rejecting one community for a new one.Â They arenâ€™t members of multiple communities?Â Being a member of one doesnâ€™t necessarily reject the others, unless they are philosophically or politically opposed.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Voice.Â Huckin mentions voice, just saying he was using different voices.Â Where does that come from?Â Where is research on voice?Â What is voice?Â Why doesnâ€™t anyone talk about this?Â Have I missed the literature?
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â I didnâ€™t think the two methods, context-sensitive text analysis and rhetorical criticism, were all that different.Â I got the idea that rhetorical criticism could easily be part of a context-sensitive text analysis.Â Is this true?Â If not, could you give me some pointers?Â Iâ€™
ll go read the book, but I want to know if I am missing something.
|Thomas N. Huckin. “Surprise Value in Scientific Discourse.”Â Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (38th, Atlanta, GA, March 19-21, 1987). Â Â Â
I know longer remember which Haswell article I was referencing. Â But his vita is available at Â http://comppile.tamucc.edu/haswell/vita.htm