Good Style: Writing for Science and Technology

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Routledge, Oct 2, 2012 - Education - 160 pages
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Good Style explains the tactics that can be used to write technical material in a coherent, readable style. It discusses in detail the choices of vocabulary, phrasing and sentence structure and each piece of advice is based on evidence of the styles prefered by technical readers and supported by many examples of writing from a variety of technical contexts.

John Kirkman draws from his many years of experience lecturing on communication studies in Europe, the USA, the Middle East and Hong Kong, both in academic programmes and in courses for large companies, research centres and government departments.

Good Style has become a standard reference book on the shelf of students of science, technology and computing and is an essential aid to all professionals whose work involves writing of reports, papers, guides, manuals or on-screen texts. This new edition also includes information on writing for the web and additional examples of how to express medical and life-science information.

 

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Contents

1 Style as choice
1
2 Sentence length and complexity
4
3 Weight and familiarity of vocabulary
11
jargon
14
5 Fashionable words
17
6 Roundabout and unusual phrasing
20
7 Excessive premodification
24
8 Use of nouns as premodifiers
26
16 Avoiding distorted English in computerrelated texts
74
17 Style for instructions
83
18 Style for descriptive and explanatory writing
89
19 Specifications
96
20 Style for correspondence
99
general policy
106
writing for expert readers
108
writing for students
117

9 Abstraction
36
10 Excessive nominalization
40
tense and voice
42
impersonal vs firstperson constructions
48
impersonal vs second person constructions
59
14 Punctuation
64
in hard copy and in onscreen text
70
writing for readers who do not understand English
118
25 On avoiding ambiguity
122
Which style do scientific readers prefer? Evidence from surveys
129
References
131
Index
133
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John Kirkman now works as a consultant specialising in research and training in scientific and technical communication. Previously he was Director of the Communication Studies Unit at the University of Wales, Cardiff.

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