Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals

Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals : A survey of style and grammatical metaphor

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Accessibility and Acceptability in Technical Manuals is written for an audience with a general interest in readability studies, linguistics and technical writing. With the main emphasis on technical manuals the book is primarily targeted at those who have a special interest in the design and use of utility texts and how these texts are received and understood by a multifaceted audience. Accessibility is not a new research area and many explanations have been offered over the past years as to why non-experts often have difficulties in comprehending texts written by technological experts. This book offers a new approach to accessibility studies by exploring not only style, but also attitudes to style, by asking text consumers which style they prefer for different parts of the manual. A key role is played by the Systemic Functional Linguistics' notion of grammatical metaphor, a stylistic choice that is commonly used in technical literature. Grammatical metaphor - although apparently obstructing the comprehension process of some readers - is a common element in the preferred style that separates the 'insiders' from the 'outsiders'. An explanation of this rather surprising result is offered by resorting to Critical Discourse more

Product details

  • Hardback | 201 pages
  • 149.9 x 243.8 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588113620
  • 9781588113627

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. 1. Research disciplines and methods; 4. 2. Field, tenor and mode dimensions; 5. 3. Register analysis; 6. 4. Categorizing text through genre analysis; 7. 5. Research methods and survey; 8. 6. Information structure; 9. 7. The technical manual as social semiotic; 10. 8. Discussion and conclusions; 11. References; 12. Appendix: Survey of writing style in technical manuals; 13. Name index; 14. Subject indexshow more