Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Controlling Crowded Sentences

In his recent article Controlling Crowded Sentences, rhetorician George Gopen shows how to make Gopen the most of stress positions. He starts with a sample thirty-six word sentence and then revises it six different ways. Some revisions are a bit longer than the original, but Gopen emphasizes that β€œI do not hold with those who advise β€˜to make it better, make it shorter.’” Each revision has a different purpose: one places a person in a subordinate role, and another builds empathy for her.

The article appeared in the spring 2014 issue of Litigation. If you're not a member of the ABA Litigation Section, ask your librarian to help you get a copy of the full article.


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