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Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects

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Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognize and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers.

  Rhetorical Grammar is a writer's grammar - a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do's and don'ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to  writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers. Besides providing key strategies for revision, Rhetorical Grammar presents systematic discussions of reader expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modification, diction, and other principles.

Table of Contents

Preface

            Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

PART I The Structure of Sentences

Chapter 1

An Introduction to Words and Phrases

            Chapter Preview

            Form Classes

            Nouns

            The Noun Phrase

            Verbs

            The Verb Phrase

            NP + VP  = S

            Adjectives and Adverbs

            Prepositional Phrases

            Grammatical Choices

            Key Terms

 

Chapter 2

Sentence Patterns

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            Rhetorical Effects

                        The Be Patterns

                        The Linking Verb Pattern

                        The Intransitive Pattern

                        The Basic Transitive Verb Pattern

                        Transitive Patterns with Two Complements

                        Sentence Pattern Summary

            The Optional Adverbial

            Questions and Commands

            Punctuation and the Sentence Patterns

            Basic Patterns in Prose

            The Short Paragraph

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminder

 

Chapter 3

Our Versatile Verbs

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            The Expanded Verb

                        Using the Expanded Verb

                        Special Uses of the Present Tense

                        Other Auxiliaries

The Passive Voice

            Using the Passive Voice

                        The Obscure Agent

Well-Chose Verbs: Showing, Not Telling

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

 

Chapter 4

Coordination and Subordination

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Coordination Within the Sentence

                        Parallel Structure

                        Coordination of the Series

                                    Climax

                        Coordination with Correlative Conjunctions

Subject-Verb Agreement

Compound Sentences

                        Conjunctive Adverbs and Transitional Phrases

                        Compound Sentences with Semicolons

                        Compound Sentences with Colons

                        Punctuation Pitfalls

The Compound Sentence: Punctuation Review

Subordination: The Dependent Clauses

Revising Compound Structures

Key Terms

Rhetorical Reminders

Punctuation Reminders

 

Part II

Controlling the Message

Chapter 5 Cohesion

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            Reader Expectation

            Repetition

            The Known-New Contract

                        The Role of Pronouns

                                    Personal Pronouns

                                    Demonstrative Pronouns

                        The Role of the Passive Voice

                        Other Sentence Inversions

            Parallelism

                        Repetition versus Redundancy

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

 

Chapter 6

Sentence Rhythm

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            Intonation: The Peaks and Valleys

            End Focus

            Controlling Rhythm

                        The It-Cleft

                        The What-Cleft

                        The There Transformation

            Rhythm and the Comma

            Power Words

                        Correlative Conjunctions

                        Adverbials of Emphasis

                                    The Common Only

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminder

 

Chapter 7

The Writer’s Voice

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            Tone

            Diction

                        Verbs and Formality

                        Nominalized Verbs and Abstract Subjects

                        Contractions

                        Metaphor

            Metadiscourse

                        The Overuse of Metadiscourse

            Point of View

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminders

 

Part III

Making Choices: Form and Function Chapter 8

Choosing Adverbials

            Chapter Preview

            The Movable Adverbials

                        Adverbs

                        Prepositional Phrases

                                    Proliferating Prepositional Phrases

                        Noun Phrases

                        Verb Phrases

                        Dependent Clauses

                                    Punctuation of Adverbial Clauses

                                    Movability of Adverbial Clauses

                                    The Because-Clause Myth

                                    Elliptical Adverbial Clauses

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminders

 

Chapter 9

Choosing Adjectivals

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            The Noun Phrase

            Preheadword Modifiers

                        Determiners

                        Adjectives and Nouns

                                    Modifier Noun Proliferation

                                    The Movable Adjective Phrase

            Postheadword Modifiers

                        Prepositional Phrases

                        Adjective Phrases

                        Participial Phrases

                                    The Prenoun Participle

                                    The Movable Participle

                                    The Dangling Participle

                        Relative Clauses

                                    The Relatives

            The Broad-Reference Clause

            Punctuation of Phrases and Clauses

                        A Punctuation Rule Revisited

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminders

           

Chapter 10

Choosing Nominals

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            Appositives

                        The Colon with Appositives

                        Avoiding Punctuation Errors

                        The Sentence Appositive

            Nominal Verb Phrases

                        Gerunds

                                    The Dangling Gerund

                                    The Subject of the Gerund

                        Infinitives

            Nominal Clauses

            Nominals as Delayed Subjects

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminder              

 

Chapter 11 Other Stylistic Choices

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            Absolute Phrases

            The Coordinate Series

            Repetition

            Word-Order Variation

            Ellipsis

            Antithesis

            The Deliberate Fragment

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminders

 

PART IV

Your Way With Words

Chapter 12

Words and Word Classes

            Lexical Rules

            Parts of Speech

            The Form Classes

                        Nouns

                                    Plural-Only Forms

                                    Collective Nouns

                                    Proper Nouns

                        Verbs

                        Adjectives

                        Adverbs

                        Derivational Affixes

            The Structure Classes

                        Determiners

                        Auxiliaries

                        Qualifiers

                        Prepositions

                        Particles

                        Conjunctions

            Pronouns

                        Personal Pronouns

                                    The Missing Pronoun

                                    Case Errors

                                    The Unwanted Apostrophe

                                    The Ambiguous Antecedent

                        Reflexive Pronouns

                        Intensive Pronouns

                        Reciprocal Pronouns

                        Demonstrative Pronouns

                        Indefinite Pronouns

                                    The Everyone/Their Issue

            Key Terms

            Rhetorical Reminders

            Punctuation Reminders

 

 

PART V

Punctuation

Chapter 13

Punctuation: Its Purposes, Its Hierarchy, and Its Rhetorical Effects

            The Purposes of Punctuation Marks

                        Syntax

                        Prosody

                        Semantics

            The Hierarchy of Punctuation

            The Rhetorical Effects of Punctuation

            Key Terms

  Glossary of Punctuation

Glossary of Terms

Bibliography

Answers to the Exercises

Index

 

                         

Product Details

ISBN:
9780205706754
Author:
Kolln, Martha J
Publisher:
Longman
Author:
Kolln, Martha J.
Author:
Gray, Loretta S.
Subject:
English language -- Grammar.
Subject:
English language -- Rhetoric.
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - General
Subject:
Rhetoric
Subject:
Grammar & Punctuation
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing
Subject:
Reference-Grammar and Style
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
October 2009
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.8 in 340 gr

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