18 March 2014

COMM1901 notes – Genre, style, register

Rorty reading
1. The world does not speak a language
2. The world does not describe itself
3. Therefore, there is no truth out there, since only descriptors can be true
4. We make/create truth; truth is made in language; descriptions are made in sentences; language is central to our relationship with the world

Schirato reading
1. ‘Culture’ is the rules and conventions (maps) and the actual practices (journey), communication is culture-specific
2. ‘Cultural literacy’ is the ability to negotiate rules and practice; rules and practices are context-specific; convergence
3. Characters are often understood in binary opposites, markers/signifiers of difference
4. Genre is for writers to adhere to certain type of language + for audience to perceive communication in certain ways

Genre: a style or category (text types)
[by form] Novel, novella, poem, drama, short story, website, blog, email, text message,
[by content] Action, adventure, comedy, drama, epic, erotic, fantasy, horror, nonsense, lyric, mythopoeia, romance, satire, scifi, tragedy, tragicomedy

Style: manner of writing (sentence structures)
Personality, voice, perception of audience
[by form] Syntactical structure, diction, organizing figures, connotation, punctuation, cliché, metaphor
[by content] Technical, business, conversational

Register: types of language for particular purposes/social settings (language)
[by form] grammar (hanging, hangin’), vocabulary (child, kid), contractions (isn’t, ain’t)
[by content] Vulgar, slang, dialect, in-house, casual, intimate, neutral, consultative, formal, technical

Author/Audience representations
References & sources
Language, tone, register, style

Literary narratives
Traditional: Exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution; POVs

What is freewriting
Unstructured, no hierarchy, free vs structured, hierarchy, logical; stream of consciousness
Rules – write with pen on paper; continuous writing without pausing; no editing; no reading; no planning, structure, organization, paragraphing

Workshop 1 & 2 notes for COMM1901 Communication in Practice
2014 semester 1
Crystal Abidin

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