Speech Acts 101 from Argumentics

A nice summary of Searle's conception of speech acts (after Austin) on Argumentics, including an amusing embedded video. Cheers! -B

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Reflections on this week’s readings for 8011

This is my reflective memo for this week’s readings in 8011 Research Methods in S&TC. Barton & Eggly Barton, E., & Eggly, S. (2009). Ethical or Unethical Persuasion?: The Rhetoric of Offers to Participate in Clinical Trials. Written Communication, 26(3), 295-319. One conclusion of this study: That researchers seeking informed consent from cancer patients to …

Reflections on training I’ve had in writing

So, in my 5531 Composition Pedagogy class, I was given the following prompt: "[P]lease write a short version of your experiences with writing instruction in your schooling. In narrating your experiences, consider how your experiences were a product, to some degree, of what we have been reading about in Berlin [1987]." I've viewed this question …

Rhetoric and WHAT?

What the hell is 'rhetoric and scientific and technical communication'? That's a question I've gotten from almost everyone who has asked what field I'm doing my PhD in. This post is my working definition, subject to much revision in the coming months, no doubt. Let's start with "rhetoric"...