The English language has evolved substantially since its beginning. It has evolved from sign language, to Shakespearean, to modern English we speak today. This evolution has also created a standard of writing, known as the SWE or standard written language. David Foster Wallace’s essay “Authority and American Usage”, addresses the function and importance of a writing class. Wallace finds many of these classes to be troublesome due to the lack of correct usage of standard written language. Most of Wallace’s points and opinions come from his own experiences with his writing class and his experience as a writer. I find that replicating and correctly implementing a style and format of writing that is acceptable to Wallace to
Harper’s concurrent grammar class had any hope of writing the research paper with any amount of ease. Every member of the junior class knew of an upperclassman who had received scores in the negative thousands on their rough drafts. Being a completive soul, I knew that I would be able to use the knowledge gleaned from the elective grammar class to fix any problems that may arise in my upcoming research paper.
As a choice, Williams & Bizup opined that the author can choose correctness as an act of “obedience” (p. 10) and that to write correctly, one needs “only a good memory” (p. 10). In writing, correctly Williams and Bizup identified three rules that affect grammatical correctness. However, Williams & Bizup opined, that one had the choice to selectively observe the rules. The first type of rules, discussed, by Williams & Bizup included “real rules” (p. 11). The second type of rules, mentioned, by Williams & Bizup included “social rules” (p. 12), where social rules distinguished standard and nonstandard language. Finally, the last set of rules mentioned,
From generations to generation grammar has been a big part of the English language. It has also changed since it first develops. From texting complete sentences like “See you later” to “C U l8r” or from using the spelling two and using the number form of it to replace that. Using slang word such as those can ruin a person’s reputation. In the stories of The Joy of Texting by Lynne Truss and I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why. by Kyle Wiens, both show some main similarities for it uses of correct grammar and why it should be that way. Grammar can make or break a person and could cost serious chances in life.
This book is like a lighthouse that will guide and illuminate you on this turbulent journey of writing. In conjunction with, this book represents the rule of law in English writing, it will explain you the way and how you can approach writing essays without breaking any English writing rule.
Error is something that is prominent in our daily lives. It is a natural occurrence from which we as humans tend to learn from. When the question of error in writing is provoked, things are not as simple given the fact that the, “Lack of clarity about errors contradicts what is perhaps the most common belief about error in writing, namely, that errors are simply “wrong”(Lu & Horner 189). Min-Zhan Lu and Bruce Horner are English professors at the University of Louisville, who are also co-authors of Writing Conventions. In this textbook, Lu and Horner define error from many different perspectives.Throughout the chapter pertaining to error, there is supporting evidence to back up each position on what the definition of error is. In the writing,
The audience receiving communication makes a different in the way you engage with others and how they interpret your communication. You must understand the level of formality for your contributions for example a business presentation will require formal
“Authority and American Usage” written by David Foster Wallace, poses an argument about the English language, and the different beliefs of its usage. This essay was written in defense of Bryan A. Garner’s, A Dictionary of Modern American Usage. His argument in “Authority and American Usage” is the difference the between prescriptivism perception and the descriptivism perception (Linguistic terms that could easily be made into smaller, more understandable words for people like me). Since the beginning of time, language has evolved. From biblical times, to Shakespearean times, to present day; the English language has been continuously changing since it’s birth and has no intentions on stopping.
While reading chapter six from Beyond Grammar Language, Power, and the Classroom, written by Mary R. Harmon and Marilyn J. Wilson, I began to realize how much we become caught up in the rules of the so-called Standard American English. It is sad because people are being judged on their dialect, which is a representation of who people are and where they are from. I have found myself correcting people that have a different dialect, or correcting people that say words that I have been told were not proper language, such as the word ain’t. Standard American English is something that is embedded in our brains at a young age and as we go through school; language is something teachers are constantly correcting children on. Reading about dialect has
The main goals of the assignment was to introduce myself and articulate a challenge relating to one of the modes of written, oral, visual, electronic, or non-verbal communication.
When in a professional setting, a more formal approach will be necessary; efficient planning and preparing of the way in which we wish to communicate, be it directly in person or in writing, will ensure there is less opportunities for misunderstandings. All forms of bias and prejudgements should be set aside, language used or spoken should be wisely predetermined. Body language and
Neglecting language standards is akin to cruelty, she says. Dot Wordsworth, (props for the pseudonym) a columnist for weekly British magazine, The Spectator agrees that cruelty is the right word for neglecting formal grammar studies for children. She takes it a step further and says jail is the future of grammar-less hoodlums. My kids called me cruel, too, during English in our homeschool because I inflicted evil sentence diagramming upon them. They cursed our Rod and Staff English curriculum, even giving it the nickname Rotten Staff. I am not sorry about doing my part to prevent the downfall of society. Grammar goes beyond the basic parts of speech. The ability to identify and utilize the best choices for communication is a worthy
I presented as being pleasant, smiling and relaxed. I sat slightly forward with my hands placed palm down on my lap, although at some point, I played with my pen which looked un-professional. I spoke in clear, simple terms. Heron (2001) identifies the importance of pitching language appropriately and according to the client's background. This is because a client with limited knowledge may
In public speaking of any form to a diverse group of individuals, my main consideration as the speaker is my concentration on the audience that I am speaking to. In starting an effective presentation,
During this semester, I learned about the different types of writing and presenting. This is known as the WOVE communication. WOVE is an acronym for these types of communication: Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic. Each type of communication has its pros and cons, but if you are able combine more than one type together, you end up communicating to your audience better than with only one type of communication. Ever since being in this class, I have learned what my preferred type of communication, my weakest type of communicating, how to combine and improve my communication to make my presentation more affective and learn when to ask for help when trying to make my work to its full potential.