The Resource The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century, Steven Pinker, (electronic resource)

The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century, Steven Pinker, (electronic resource)

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The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century
Title
The sense of style
Title remainder
the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century
Statement of responsibility
Steven Pinker
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • A renowned cognitive scientist shares reflections on the art of writing well, discussing such topics as the role of imagination in writing and the influence of texting in shaping language
  • "A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker. Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care? In The Sense of Style, the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these questions and more. Rethinking the usage guide for the 21st century, Pinker doesn't carp about the decline of language or recycle pet peeves from the rulebooks of a century ago. Instead, he applies insights from the sciences of language and mind to the challenge of crafting clear, coherent, and stylish prose. In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow,and an ability to savor and reverse-engineer the good prose of others. He replaces dogma about usage with reason and evidence, allowing writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, rather than robotically, being mindful of what they are designed to accomplish. Filled with examples of great and gruesome prose, Pinker shows us how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right"--
  • "Pinker has a lot of ideas and sometimes controversial opinions about writing and in this entertaining and instructive book he rethinks the usage guide for the 21st century. Don't blame the internet, he says, good writing has always been hard. It requires imagination, taking pleasure in reading, overcoming the difficult we all have in imaging what it's like to not know something we do know"--
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1954-
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Pinker, Steven
Dewey number
808/.042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1421
LC item number
.P56 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • English language
  • English language
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Style Manuals
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
  • REFERENCE / Writing Skills
Label
The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century, Steven Pinker, (electronic resource)
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http://sfpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com/Title?itemid=0014573323
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Publication
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 359 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698170308
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unknown
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
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0014573323
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Label
The sense of style : the thinking person's guide to writing in the 21st century, Steven Pinker, (electronic resource)
Link
http://sfpl.axis360.baker-taylor.com/Title?itemid=0014573323
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 359 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780698170308
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
0014573323
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unknown
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unknown
Specific material designation
remote

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