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Spanish Business Writing Genre Research: Electronic Mail Memoranda , Therese M. Judge Jan 2005

Spanish Business Writing Genre Research: Electronic Mail Memoranda , Therese M. Judge

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Despite the prevalence of a belief in the importance of preparing students for work in a global economy, very little research into Spanish-language written communication practices exists. In this study, I formed hypotheses regarding Mexican business e-mails based on congruencies in the findings of previous Spanish-language writing research and US-English e-mail writing research and then tested these hypotheses against a corpus of 107 Mexican business e-mails. I employed both a qualitative rhetorical analysis and a quantitative feature presence/absence analysis. Of the eight hypothesis statements describing Mexican business e-mails, only two were affirmed. The hypothesis statements describing these workplace e-mail ...


The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy Jan 2005

The Mental Verbs "Think" And "Believe" In Authorial Evaluative "That" Statements: A Corpus Study Of Four Academic Disciplines, Brenda Kathlene Daisy

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The Rhetorical Situation: Its Historical Situation And Its Current Limitations, Jessica Lee Vanosdel Jan 2005

The Rhetorical Situation: Its Historical Situation And Its Current Limitations, Jessica Lee Vanosdel

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In this paper, I argue that the academic conversation surrounding Lloyd Bitzer's theory of the rhetorical situation has not taken into account the social implications that arise from the theory, given the unique historical moment of global capitalism. One reason for this gap may be that the academic discussion has focused too much on the rhetorical situation's constituent of exigence. In an effort to move beyond the existing academic conversation regarding the rhetorical theory, I intend to reevaluate the theory of rhetorical situation in terms of what the theory is capable of doing and what the theory should ...


Reading Techniques Used By Mechanical Engineering Students, Amy Anne Holland Jan 2005

Reading Techniques Used By Mechanical Engineering Students, Amy Anne Holland

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Communication researchers have found experience- and purpose-based differences in the reading techniques used by students and professionals in such fields as biology, physics, and law. More experienced readers tend to use techniques such as reading nonlinearly, questioning authority, integrating or referencing prior knowledge, and paying attention to illustrations. Using the read-aloud protocol methodology, this thesis examines the differences in the reading techniques used by two mechanical engineering students in the last year of their undergraduate program and two mechanical engineering students at the end of the first year of their graduate program. Suggestions for helping undergraduate engineering students read more ...


Blurred Boundaries Of Science And Advocacy: The Discourse Of Scientists At A Conservation Organization , Neil Lindeman Jan 2005

Blurred Boundaries Of Science And Advocacy: The Discourse Of Scientists At A Conservation Organization , Neil Lindeman

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In this dissertation I argue that, in the field of conservation, the boundary separating science from advocacy appears to be undergoing a shift as the number of research scientists at conservation advocacy organizations grows. Drawing on data from interviews with scientists at a prominent conservation non-governmental organization (NGO), I identify and analyze the kinds of rhetorical work NGO scientists engage in as they attempt to participate effectively in the forums of both science and advocacy. I also analyze the publications of one scientist at the same organization to identify features of the discourse of NGO conservation science that suggest a ...