The book has two parts: Throughout the book, there are side-by-side comparisons between sentences showing two options. Pinker makes it clear when to use one of these words rather than the other.
This approach does not make the rules easier to remember; it makes them harder to remember—or even to comprehend. One kind of monetary policy, which involves the central bank buying private assets, is chunked as quantitative easing. Nothing about it is contradictory, and it amounts to good advice.
Person 1 trades a banana to Person 2 for a piece of shiny metal, because he knows he can trade it to Person 3 for a cookie; we think of it as selling.
The classic manuals, written by starchy Englishmen and rock-ribbed Yankees, try to take all the fun out of writing, grimly adjuring the writer to avoid offbeat words, figures of speech, and playful alliteration. Providing reasons should also allow writers and editors to apply the guidelines judiciously, mindful of what they are designed to accomplish, rather than robotically.
Steven Pinker begins a new book on writing by finding faults in old books on writing—chief among them, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E. They misdefined terms such as phrase, participle, and relative clause, and in steering their readers away from passive verbs and toward active transitive ones they botched their examples of both.
It is an old observation that the best writers sometimes disregard the rules of rhetoric. As he does in this particular criticism, Pinker often does in plain sight what he repeatedly accuses the Miss Thistlebottoms of doing: They can, and many undoubtedly have.
Activity aggregated over many markets gets chunked into the economy. As children we see one person hand a cookie to another, and we remember it as an act of giving. He introduces a tree technique that focuses not on the parts of speech, but on the internal structure of a sentence and the relationships between its components.
The Harvard psychology professor is a rigorous thinker whose previous books, including The Language Instinct and The Stuff of Thoughthave been distinguished by a flair for making highly technical subjects seem not just accessible but positively jaunty.
Pseudo-intellectuals often dress up their writings with "highfalutin gobbledygook, as shown in this cartoon: Pinker discusses the old-fashioned technique of diagramming a sentence. Pinker routinely sets up Strunk and White as straw men, attacks them, and then brands himself as some kind of revolutionary hero for.
That brings us to yet another problem with The Sense of Style, and the last one I will mention. It is a natural preference, because the accusative is the default case in English, occurring in a motley range of contexts such as the bare exclamation Me!?
The Cambridge Grammar suggests that in contemporary English many speakers have settled on a rule that allows a nominative pronoun like I or he after the coordinator and. That kind of seriousness is rare in The Sense of Style, especially by comparison.
The Sense of Style is certainly different from many classics on writing, and from The Elements of Style in particular.
An adult mind that is brimming with chunks is a powerful engine of reason, but it comes with a cost: All of this is worthy advice: Other times, he says a rule is invalid because many people do not follow it. Pinker also puts great stock on the quality of coherence. Are relationships between ideas written clearly, or are they muddled with sloppy organization?
If you are not a writer, but simply curious about language--as I am--then this book can also feed your curiosity. He makes a commandment out of a principle, a dogma out of a rule that may or may not apply depending on the context.
The economy now can be thought of as an entity which responds to actions by central banks; we call that monetary policy.
Pinker discusses the reasons why one alternative is better than the other, and the reasons have nothing to do with blindly following rules; the reasons always explain why one version is clearer or more easily understood. You will find much of the humor in the book decidedly not funny.
The directions rarely feel bossy. That is only six sentences away from the line he quoted, and examples follow it. But what rock-ribbed Yankees could Pinker possibly be referring to here? The version on the left is usually ungrammatical or unclear, while the corrected version on the right is generally a better example.
As a linguist, he not only knows all the "rules" of writing, he understands the logic or illogic behind them.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/5.
When I received The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker as a birthday present, I assumed it was going to be a book about, well, style. I was right, but instead of fashion, this book talks about a different kind of style that's just as important for college girls (or, I would argue, anyone) - writing.
In this short, cheerful, and eminently practical book, Pinker shows how writing depends on imagination, empathy, coherence, grammatical knowhow, and an ability to savor and reverse engineer the good prose of.
I just finished Steven Pinker’s book on writing style. I like Pinker’s take on writing; I learned a lot from it. It’s a great guide and you should read it, but be aware that business writers need to bring a different and more practical perspective to the advice in this book.
He bases his. The Sense of Style Quotes. For us to go from “I think I understand” to “I understand,” we need to see the sights and feel the motions.” ― Steven Pinker, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.
― Steven Pinker, The Sense of Style. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker The Sense of Style is a scholarly and witty book on the art of writing well.
Bestselling author, linguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker provides readers with a new writing-guide for the twenty-first century/5().Download