Academic Writingand Jargon

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  • 1. Academic Writing – Jargon, Complex Writing,and “Difficult” Writing ENGL 100 – Mr. Ganter
  • 2. Everyday Language and Academic Language“There are times when the more the authors explain [about ape communication], the less we understand. Apes certainly seem capable of using language to communicate. Whether scientists are remains doubtful.” -- Douglas Chadwick, New York Times
  • 3. “no pain, no gain”
  • 4. Academic Writing and Reading- defining and identifying “jargon”- general audience vs. specific audience (disciplines)- difficulty vs. complexity
  • 5. Forms of “Difficulty”- word selection/choice- allusion and emphemism, not specific and concretelanguage- lack of transitions from point-to-point- disorganization of thought/argument- disconnect from audience
  • 6. – William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1598)
  • 7. – Linus Pauling, General Chemistry (1970)
  • 8. – Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990)
  • 9. Forms of “Complexity”- appropriate terminology (discipline)- explain/define terms and concepts – then use for analysis- awareness of history of terms/words/phrases- taking the “unfamiliar” and relating it to the “familiar”- using abstract ideas to establish relationships