ERIC Number: ED217470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
The Creation of Metaphor: A Case for Figurative Language in Technical Writing Classes.
Catron, Douglas M.
Metaphors, figures of speech of one sort or another, similes, and analogies are not strangers to technical writing. Four exercises that seem typical of most technical writing syllabi and that seem appropriate points for the introduction of students to metaphors and other figures are (1) a technical description, which requires the student to prepare a technical description of an artifact using similes; (2) definition of a technical principle, requiring students to choose a principle from their respective disciplines and develop an extended definition suitable for a lay reader through the use of metaphor; (3) description of a mechanism or procedure; and (4) instructions, which presents students with prepared geometric designs that have been cut into pieces and asks them to design a set of instructions that will allow the reader to reassemble the pieces into the original geometric design. Metaphors and other figurative language can provide technical writing students with alternative strategies to make things "knowable" and "seeable" in the most literal sense. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).