Stylistics Technical Writing

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In this third millennium, the world is rapidly growing with the advancement of science and technology. Arts and Humanities have also witnessed transition in the modern era. Our growth as civilized beings depends on our ability to comprehend the use of a language. Writing is a skill which is characteristic of evolution. There are several kinds of writing and different styles associated with each form of writing. The researcher of this thesis proposes to analyse the stylistics of technical writing and creative writing, thereby investigating the rhetorical variations between them. Linguistics is a scientific study of language and its use; stylistics is a part of applied linguistics which analyses the various elements of style determining the…show more content…
The rational and valuable properties propounded by Kane can be used to explain technical writing and creative writing respectively. Writing is not itself a variety of language, it is a visible medium as opposed to speech which is audible. Though many linguists advocate that speech is primary and written form is secondary, it is important to understand that writing is a reflection of speech. Moreover, it is challenging to convey what is intended because the tonal qualities of speech can be more effective than a written script in which there is a possibility of misinterpretation. This aspect is evident when G.M. Turner in his book, Stylistics, says that, “It is difficult to describe the distinguishing characteristics of written language because the less important ones are obvious and the more important ones subtle.” He adds on to say that, “Writing brings together people who would otherwise have no contact, making a reality of large cohesive political units and giving them a historical dimension longer and more exact than an oral tradition can maintain.” It is for these reasons that the researcher aims to consider the two variants of the visible (written)…show more content…
Whereas, technical writing is about formulating instruction manuals, policy manuals, process manuals, user manuals or guides, reports of analysis (limitations or bug fixes in a particular version if any), instructions for assembling a product or a summary that condenses a long report. The subject of creative writing can be anything that triggers the spontaneity of the writer. In Wordsworth’s words, ‘the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings’ not just for poetry, but any creative work. In contrast, the subject of technical writing can either be tangible or abstract. For instance, tangible as a computer or software program, or information on how to use a home appliance; and abstract as the steps required to complete an office

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