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    Free (The Sense of Style) by Steven Pinker It started well Your brain will finish the rest of that sentenceOr so Steven Pinker explains The best way to describe this book is as a style guide that relies on neuroscience Instead of admonishments based on grammar old rules and urban myths Pinker explains the best way to write based on how our brain understand words on a page Which makes this one of the readable style guides out there in that it has a purpose instead

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    Free (The Sense of Style) by Steven Pinker Steven Pinker Ò 2 Review Read & download The Sense of Style Chapter 1 summary 1 Insist on fresh wording and concrete imagery over familiar verbiage and abstract summary 2 Pay attention to the readers' vantage point and the target of their gaze 3 Use the judicious placement of an unco

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    Free (The Sense of Style) by Steven Pinker Steven Pinker Ò 2 Review Read & download The Sense of Style I’ve long admired Pinker’s poise with the pen Both The Blank Slate and The Language Instinct the two books of his I’d before read are in my opinion at least conspicuously well written Popular science is contrary to what one might expect a difficult genre; the writer must take complex ideas from esoteric subjects—ideas usually mired in technical terminology—and release them from their provincial prisons Added to this complicated ta

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    Free (The Sense of Style) by Steven Pinker Steven Pinker has created a writer's guide that is interesting useful amusing and also frustratingI enjoyed the first part of this book but the middle section got bogged down in parsing sentences and grammar exercises I put the book down and took a week long break from it and debated whether to pick it up again I finally did finish but it was a slog My big takeaways from this book were 1 language is constantly changing and the English lang

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    Free (The Sense of Style) by Steven Pinker Review Ù PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ò Steven Pinker Steven Pinker Ò 2 Review Having just embarked on a fairly intensive writing course I asked my mentor for some recommendations of books on the craft of writing This book The Sense of Style was at the top of his list and I can see whyThe author Steven Pinker is a Psychology professor at Harvard and has also done much research on language and cognition he's described as

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    Free (The Sense of Style) by Steven Pinker Originally reviewed on the Night Owls Press blog here Heads up editors In The Sense of Style author Steven Pinker challenges every authoritarian grammarian and language purist who has held sway over the rules of the English language

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The Sense of Style Read & download ↠ 102 Ity 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. Originally reviewed on the Night Owls Press blog here Heads up editors In The Sense of Style author Steven Pinker challenges every authoritarian grammarian and language purist who has held sway over the rules of the English language with their dogmatic style books A psycholinguist by profession Pinker is a scholar of the science of language So it s no surprise that The Sense of Style feels like a modern alternative to the classic but tired guides of Strunk and White and others In my days as an English undergrad Strunk and White s The Elements of Style was the biblical tome of writing But Pinker arrives with this iconoclastic book to show us that sometimes rules can be tone deaf to what really makes for transparent and compelling prose Purists often forget that the English language is rife with idiosyncrasies that can t be fit so neatly into rule boxes You ll see the best kind of rule breaking among poets and novelists who often have the better ear and feel for language than your clumsy grammarian Language is chiefly a medium for expression not just an embodiment of rules Literature s most gifted writers have often broken the rules using constructions that might have been edited into sterility by heavy handed editors The expressive possibilities of language often rely on the rules being bent As you can see this book isn t your typical manual on grammar and usage You won t find a list of dos and don ts in an effort to indoctrinate Pinker shows us instead that unthinking adherence to manuals actually makes for bad clunky writing For example one of the signature rules in writing is to avoid using the passive voice at all costs But Pinker argues that if you change every passive sentence into an active one you re not necessarily improving the prose The main problem is that the passive construction exists for a purpose but most people don t know when to use it effectively Sure both active and passive constructions convey the same information but they have cognitive differences because of the order of information given Pinker s rule of thumb Passive is the preferred construction when the affected entity the item that receives the action is the topic of the preceding discussion or when the agent of action is irrelevant to the discussion In other words good writing is about having a sense about letting your communication goals dictate the writingThis book isn t for beginners Pinker is clear in the Introduction about this and writes that this book is for experienced writers You will benefit the most from this book if you are a relatively experienced writer and reader and are familiar with the basic rules of language and grammar You have to know the rules in order to bend them with style and with compelling reason to know when to take advantage of loopholes and irregularitiesThe sense in The Sense of Style is knowing how a masterful writer moves fluidly between logical rules and combinations and knows those idiomatic usages and irregularities The book is packed with examples and is wonderfully readable which surprised me Pinker is great at reverse engineering passages and illuminating what writers have done well or not done well to convey their ideas Take lots of notesFor those who still crave the utility of a reference manual the later chapters in the book include lists of words and rules that can be bent and those that can t in Pinker s opinion Or for a bite size taste of the grammar rules Pinker explores in this book check out this article by Pinker in The GuardianOverall a great informative read I ll be keeping this on my reference shelfDisclaimer I received an ARC copy of this book from the publisher through the Goodreads First Reads Program in exchange for an honest review

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The Sense of Style Read & download ↠ 102 A short and entertaining book on the modern art of writing well by New York Times bestselling author Steven PinkerWhy 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 careIn The Sense of Style the bestselling linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker answers these uestions and Rethinkin. I was thoroughly charmed by this well written guide on how to write better Maybe it s because real language changes Maybe it s because true clarity comes from the spaces between the words and not absolutely from the rules about the wordsBut that s not to say that this cogent discussion on grammar isn t rife with practical examples and great reflection because it does It just happens to bring up the fact that one generation s Haberdash is another s charming fireside chat Moreover it uses humor skepticism and common sense to throw out the grammar nazism and return us back to the firm hand of insight and delightFor writing should not be a chore It should edify clarify and wrap us up in a warm comforter and hand us a favorite beverage and ramble on about what it really loved about its day Am I clear Rules are for chumps yo But learn them first before you break them Advice I think I will always have to take to heart

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The Sense of Style Read & download ↠ 102 G the usage guide for the twenty first 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 abil. Chapter 1 summary 1 Insist on fresh wording and concrete imagery over familiar verbiage and abstract summary 2 Pay attention to the readers vantage point and the target of their gaze 3 Use the judicious placement of an uncommon word or idiom against a backdrop of simple nouns and verbs 4 Use parallel syntax 5 Have an occasional planned surprise 6 Present a telling detail that obviates an explicit pronouncement 7 Use meter and sound that resonates with the meaning and mood Chapter 2 summary 1 The author calls attention to habits that result in soggy prose metadiscourse signposting hedging apologizing professional narcissism cliches mixed metaphors metaconcepts zombie nouns and unnecessary passives 2 The writer in conversation with a reader directs the reader s gaze to something in the world Each of don ts in 1 make a writer stray Chapter 3 summary 1 Be careful of sharing knowledge that your reader does not understand Chapter 4 summary 1 Learn grammar and syntax 2 Avoid unnecessary words and phrases 3 Avoid sentences beginning with there is or it is 4 That does not mean cutting out every single word that is redundant in context 5 Make use of structural parallelism and understand its rules 6 Pull unrelated but mutually attracted phrases apart to avoid confusion 7 Save the heaviest for last in a sentence 8 Topic then comment or Given then new Chapter 5 summary 1 Monologophobia is the fear of using the same word than once On the other hand elegant variation is using different words to identify the same thing Both can be a problem 2 Coherence is important A lengthy discussion about this one For example it is important NOT to begin with what something is NOT So after you read this do NOT think about a white bear 3 A coherent text is a designed object Chapter 6 summary 1 An alphabetical list of common problems in grammar Be sure to read this carefully and follow all suggestions otherwise the planets in our solar system will implode on each other and we will all die And you do not want to be responsible for that one do you For a book about writing this was a real slog to plod through

  • Hardcover
  • 368
  • The Sense of Style
  • Steven Pinker
  • English
  • 10 May 2018
  • 9780670025855