Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects eBook (8e) : 9780134095547

Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects eBook (8e)

Kolln, Gray
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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in first-year composition and advanced composition.


Rhetorical Grammar encourages writers to recognise and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects of those choices on their readers. The 8th Edition offers a more intuitive content organisation, updated passage selections, and current exercises and examples. It maintains its hallmark revision strategies and systematic discussions about reader expectations, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modification, diction, and many other essential principles.

Kolin and Gray ask students to regard composing sentences as an artful way to elicit a desired emotion or reaction – rather than a list of tedious rules to remember. In this way, grammar is defined as an intellectual exercise that opens students' minds to the versatility, beauty, and possibilities of language.


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Table of contents
  • 1.  A Review of Words and Phrases
  • 2. Sentence Patterns
  • 3. Our Versatile Verbs
  • 4. Coordination and Subordination
  • 5. Choosing Adverbials
  • 6.  Choosing Adjectivals
  • 7. Choosing Nominals
  • 8. Other Stylistic Variations
  • 9. Cohesion
  • 10. Sentence Rhythm
  • 11. The Writer’s Voice
  • 12. Words and Word Classes
  • 13. Punctuation: Its Purposes and Its Rhetorical Effects
  • Glossary of Punctuation
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Answers to the Exercises
  • Index


Features & benefits
  • NEW! Extensive revisions throughout support student learning.
    • NEW! New terminology for the two major word categories: the open classes (formerly called form classes) and closed classes (formerly called structure classes) helps students avoid the possible confusion caused by other uses of the terms form and structure. 
    • More detailed explanations of grammar, in Chapter 1, help students who have little experience with the subject matter. 
    • Coverage of sentence structure and patterns, in Chapter 2, uses information based on students' own language expertise to boost their confidence in language ability and help make sense of punctuation.
    • The revisions on punctuation in Chapter 13 give students the opportunity to review the punctuation rules they have studied in previous chapters and to learn the distinction between open and closed punctuation.
    • NEW! Coverage of adverbials, adjectivals, and nominals has been moved forward so that students can more readily draw on their knowledge of sentence patterns, coordination, and subordination when studying these chapters.
  • NEW! An exercise or discussion prompt has been added to each chapter. Whenever possible, sentences in an exercise form connected discourse or centre on a single theme or topic.
    • “Your Turn” activities ask students to use what they already know to talk about their own writing and the writing of published authors.
    • Prompts for group discussions promote collaboration in the classroom, and are also conducive to use in online courses.
    • In-chapter exercises and discussion questions are useful for in-class and small-group activities and for peer editing. Answers to odd-numbered exercises foster self-teaching.
  • A discussion and a glossary of punctuation, found in Chapter 13, illustrate the available punctuation options, their effects, and the rationale behind them. 
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