ERIC Number: ED208410
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Inadequacy in the Writing of Academics: A Preliminary Search for Remedies.
Harley, John K.
The characteristics of academic writing are examined in this paper, and some remedies are suggested for correcting the "language deformities" that many academic writers persist in creating. Three categories of error to which academic writers are apt to be susceptible are discussed. The first category covers errors that are shortcomings in linguistic sophistication, such as lack of parallelism. The second category is of failures in communication that are attributable to the linguistic customs of the closed society of the university, characterized by ornate and oblique vocabulary, involved and baroque syntax, and recondite allusion. The third category is of inadequacies that arise from the academic discipline to which a writer adheres. Examples of writing problems from each category are analyzed and suggestions for improving the writing styles of academics are offered. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Academic Community
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English (14th, Vancouver, Canada, May 11-16, 1981).