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ERIC Number: EJ1129299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Anticipating Delivery: A Case Study of Domestic Partner Benefit (DPB) Advocacy
Little, Megan Dodd
Written Communication, v34 n1 p75-99 Jan 2017
Delivery has often been treated as an afterthought of the "real work" of writing. This article demonstrates how writers in some contexts must think very carefully about delivery from the very beginning of their process. Tracking collaborative writers' talk, this article demonstrates how a group of writers works to anticipate delivery by repeatedly constructing delivery narratives--that is, stories about the future handoff of their document to audiences. In a complex case of LGBT policy advocacy, the writers weave together multiple delivery narratives in order to achieve consensus, revealing the influence of discursive voices, perspectives, personal and institutional histories, and disciplinary training on the group's rhetorical strategies. This article also considers how an experienced administrative lawyer constructs delivery narratives, revealing an expert's strategy to try to get a legitimate hearing for a novel legal interpretation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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