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    Jeanne Fahnestock(Author)

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A comprehensive guide to the language of argument, Rhetorical Style offers a renewed appreciation of the persuasive power of the English language. Drawing on key texts from the rhetorical tradition, as well as on newer approaches from linguistics and literary stylistics, Fahnestock demonstrates how word choice, sentence form, and passage construction can combine to create effective spoken and written arguments. With examples from political speeches, non-fiction works, and newspaper reports, Rhetorical Style surveys the arguer's options at the word, sentence, interactive, and passage levels, and illustrates the enduring usefulness of rhetorical stylistics in analyzing and constructing arguments.

A rich and rewarding textbook that shows how stylistic features make for persuasion. It provides readers with a good introduction to the study of figures in the sense of classical rhetoric. (Linguist List)

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  • PDF | 468 pages
  • Jeanne Fahnestock(Author)
  • Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (12 Oct. 2011)
  • English
  • 5
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By Cathal Twomey on 3 September 2016

    A thorough, clear, and very informative survey of the various methods used in the construction of rhetorical language. The illuminating examples are drawn from a wide range of sources, and there is some fascinating discussion of the prosodic analysis of prose texts, something that has engaged my interest for a long time but on which I had seen no scholarship before.As somebody fascinated by how persuasive (and indeed any) language works, this has been one of my favourite purchases in ages. I go back to it frequently. I am not a scholar in this field, but as a highly enthusiastic amateur, I cannot praise this book enough.


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