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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

Autor Steven Pinker
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Steven Pinker, the bestselling author ofThe Language Instinct, deploys his gift for explaining big ideas inThe Sense of Style- an entertaining writing guide for the 21st century

What is the secret of good prose? Does writing well even matter in an age of instant communication? Should we care? In this funny, thoughtful book about the modern art of writing, Steven Pinker shows us why we all need a sense of style.

More than ever before, the currency of our social and cultural lives is the written word, from Twitter and texting to blogs, e-readers and old-fashioned books. But most style guides fail to prepare people for the challenges of writing in the 21st century, portraying it as a minefield of grievous errors rather than a form of pleasurable mastery. They fail to deal with an inescapable fact about language: it changes over time, adapted by millions of writers and speakers to their needs. Confusing changes in the world with moral decline, every generation believes the kids today are degrading society and taking language with it. A guide for the new millennium, writes Steven Pinker, has to be different.

Drawing on the latest research in linguistics and cognitive science, Steven Pinker replaces the recycled dogma of previous style guides with reason and evidence. This thinking person's guide to good writing shows why style still matters: in communicating effectively, in enhancing the spread of ideas, in earning a reader's trust and, not least, in adding beauty to the world. Eye-opening, mind-expanding and cheerful,The Sense of Styleshows that good style is part of what it means to be human.
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ISBN-13: 9780241957714
ISBN-10: 0241957710
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 21 mm
Greutate: 0.27 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin
Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Steven Pinkeris one of the world's most influential thinkers and writers on the human condition. His popular and highly praised books includeThe Better Angels of Our Nature,The Sense of Style,The Stuff of Thought,The Blank Slate,How the Mind Works, andThe Language Instinct. The recipient of several major awards for his teaching, books, and scientific research, Pinker is Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He also writes frequently for TheNew York Times, theGuardianand other publications. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine's "The World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals," Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers," andTimemagazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today."