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Lecture

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Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC02H3
Professor
Connie Boudens

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C02- LECTURE 05- Rhetoric in scientific communication: how to argue
without arguing
๎€itโ€™s the use of language well, in an attempt to persuade
๎€in theory youโ€™re just writing what you found- but in science still using
language therefore rhetoric is involved
๎€lang represents truth
๎€we have many options in word choice, order of presentation, publication
outlets media; etc
๎€even when not using words, still saying something ( the choice to NOT
speak to prove a point)
๎€rhetoric doesnโ€™t imply intent
๎€we want audience to read or listen to the entire thing
๎€want audience to believe what you are saying
๎€take place in scientific community
๎€want to situate self in current dialogue
๎€want to learn to be a better communicator overall
๎€learn to recognize rhetoric in what you read/hear
๎€ Options in presenting data
-visual vs words- diff rhetorical value
- using passive rather than active voice (obscuring human agency), not using
personal pronouns
- making a non thing into a thing
ex: nominalization: nouns derieved from verbs (observe๎€ Observation)
long noun strings
๎€gives permanence
๎€story telling (order in which parts of the study are laid out)
๎€ Features of rhetorical discourse
1)for a specific audience
a.academic- depends on journal
2)popular press
3)situated
a. time
b.location
c.audience
d.in response to some sort of problem
4)shaped by human motives
a.generate interest in your research
b.adding to an ongoing debate
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