LINGUIST List 14.955

Tue Apr 1 2003

Books: Pragmatics/Historical Ling: Fahnestock

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  1. bartonm, Rhetorical Figures in Science: Fahnestock

Message 1: Rhetorical Figures in Science: Fahnestock

Date: Tue, 01 Apr 2003 10:04:52 +0000
From: bartonm <>
Subject: Rhetorical Figures in Science: Fahnestock

Title: Rhetorical Figures in Science
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press		 
Book URL:
Author: Jeanne Fahnestock, Univ. of Maryland 

Hardback: ISBN: 0195117506, Pages: 248 pp, Price: $65.00
Paperback: ISBN: 019516542X, Pages: 248 pp, Price: $26.00

RHETORICAL FIGURES IN SCIENCE breaks new ground in the rhetorical
study of scientific argument as the first book to demonstrate how
figures of speech other than metaphor have been used to accomplish key
conceptual moves in scientific texts. Examples, both verbal and
visual, range across disciplines and centuries to reaffirm the
positive value of these once widely-taught devices.

"While many books deliver less than they promise, a few, like
RHETORICAL FIGURES IN SCIENCE, deliver more. In a well-crafted
argument and a well-exemplified series of chapters, Fahnestock
undermines our comfortable sense that, aside from metaphor, the
figures can be safely ignored by rhetorical theorists and critics,
that the study of such schemes as antithesis, incrementum, gradatio,
antimetabole, ploche and polyptoton is the preserve only of
pedants."--Quarterly Journal of Speech

Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
		Historical Linguistics

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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