Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion

Paperback | September 15, 2011

byJeanne Fahnestock

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A comprehensive guide to the language of argument, Rhetorical Style offers a renewed appreciation of the persuasive power of the English language. Drawing on key texts from the rhetorical tradition, as well as on newer approaches from linguistics and literary stylistics, Fahnestockdemonstrates how word choice, sentence form, and passage construction can combine to create effective spoken and written arguments.With examples from political speeches, non-fiction works, and newspaper reports, Rhetorical Style surveys the arguer's options at the word, sentence, interactive, and passage levels, and illustrates the enduring usefulness of rhetorical stylistics in analyzing and constructing arguments.

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A comprehensive guide to the language of argument, Rhetorical Style offers a renewed appreciation of the persuasive power of the English language. Drawing on key texts from the rhetorical tradition, as well as on newer approaches from linguistics and literary stylistics, Fahnestockdemonstrates how word choice, sentence form, and passag...

Jeanne Fahnestock is Professor of English at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Rhetorical Figures in Science, and co-author of A Rhetoric of Argument.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 6.1 × 9.02 × 1.3 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. Word Choice1. Language or Origin2. New Words and Changing Uses3. Categories of Word Choice4. Language Varieties5. Tropes6. Schemes and Figures of Word ChoicePart II. Sentences7. Sentence Basics: Predication8. Sentence Construction: Modification9. Sentence Architecture10. Figures of Argument11. Series12. Prosody and PunctuationPart III. Interactive Dimension13. Speaker and Audience Construction14. Incorporating Other Voices15. Situation and OccasionPart IV. Passage Construction16. Coherence17. Passage Patterns18. AmplificationReferences