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Academic Writingand Jargon

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Academic Writingand Jargon

  1. 1. Academic Writing – Jargon, Complex Writing,and “Difficult” Writing ENGL 100 – Mr. Ganter<br />
  2. 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<br />
  3. 3. Academic Writing and Reading- defining and identifying “jargon”- general audience vs. specific audience (disciplines)- difficulty vs. complexity<br />
  4. 4. 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<br />
  5. 5. – William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1598)<br />
  6. 6. – Linus Pauling, General Chemistry (1970)<br />
  7. 7. – Judith Butler, Gender Trouble (1990)<br />
  8. 8. 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<br />

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