Oct
07

Synthesizing theories of reading and rhetoric

Reading Ken Goodman’s On Reading I felt like I was in a dialogue with the author, sometimes an argument. And this, I think, proves the main thrust of his theory—that the act of reading is the act of making sense. It is not often that I am so actively aware that I am thinking as I read but there was so much in Goodman’s work with which I agreed and then, so much with which I disagreed that his notion of reading as “transacting” with a text was obvious. There is also a clear-cut division between where I agree with Goodman and where I disagree.

Oct
23

A hard lesson in communication

“Darrell Dexter is blaming his election loss on Nova Scotians who misread or refused to believe what his government was trying to achieve, and the media of misinterpreting his message (Taber, J. 2013, October 21. Dexter speaks out after stunning loss. The Globe and Mail, p. A4).”

Oct
25

Toward a theoretical framework for plain language

This September I embarked on a strange journey. Like Dorothy following the yellow-brick road to the Emerald City, I set out on a path that should lead me to a theoretical framework for plain language. Like Dorothy, I’ve never seen my destination and I only have a vague notion of what it will look like. Every now and then I wish I had a Tin Man by my side to shout: “There it is!” Instead, I have a voice in my head that’s more like Toto—barking at things that may or may not be significant.

What is a theoretical framework?

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