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ERIC Number: ED122275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 10
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Usage as Rhetoric.
Gorrell, Robert M.
Even though linguistics has freed us from misconceptions, we have continued to seek answers to usage problems primarily by looking to linguistics. The myth of the verbal authority of standard speakers has given way to the evaluation of statistical frequency of forms. No matter how extensive or accurate the statistics, they must still be followed by a rhetorical choice as to which form is "correct." Usage questions do exist, and choices do make a difference, but they form only a very minor part of rhetoric. Real basics of composition, like putting a decent sentence together or developing a thought beyond the level of cliche, are more important than the subtleties of usage. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (27th, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 25-27, 1976)