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ERIC Number: ED420882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-2
Pages: 11
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Legitimizing Technical Communication, 1985 and 1998.
Sullivan, Dale L.
This paper examines and comments on the rhetorical dimension of legitimation apparent in the articles in the professional literature of technical communication--this dimension is the epideictic aspect of professional rhetoric. Michael Halloran has shown that epideictic is that dimension of all rhetorical acts which strives to show that the rhetor is representative of the culture in which she or he claims membership. The paper focuses on articles and books that have appeared since 1985. It finds that little has changed: technical communication is still a field that appeals to the ethos of business and industry and to the ethos of the academy; studies practices in industry; tries to suggest improved teaching methods; and tries to make connections with theories outside the field. As in 1985, the uneasy situation of technical communication--its unclear dwelling place--continues to generate laments that writers of text books tend to ignore research in the field. Some significant changes have been found, however: (1) the volume of material in the field is much larger; (2) the caliber of the work appears to be considerably more rigorous; and (3) the areas of specialization are more clearly defined. (Contains a 62-item bibliography.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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