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Palgrave Macmillan

The Student Phrase Book

Vocabulary for Writing at University

ISBN 9780230289338
Publication Date May 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Palgrave Study Skills

To write successfully at university you need to communicate your ideas clearly and effectively; imprecise or incorrect word use will lessen both the clarity and the credibility of your work. This book gives you an accessible 'way in' to words and phrases used in academic writing. It will help you to express your ideas, arguments and evaluations clearly and precisely, and to produce successful written work.
 
The Student Phrase Book:
• Presents over 1,000 mid- to advanced-level words and phrases common to writing across disciplines
• Presents these words and phrases within the context of common writing functions and sentences so that you can see why and how they are used
• Gives definitions and other important information for many of the words presented, concentrating on the words that most often cause problems
• Explains the differences in meaning and use between commonly confused words
• Shows you what other words surround the key word, so that you can use it with confidence
• Is for anyone who is not totally familiar with writing at university, whatever their discipline or level of study

 

JEANNE GODFREY has been teaching in the field of English language and academic writing for over twenty years, and has been a Chair of the British Association of Lecturers in English for Academic Purposes. She set up one of the first Academic Writing Centres in a UK University and is now working as a freelance consultant. She is author of How to Use Your Reading in Your Essays second edition, Reading and Making Notes and Writing for University.

Introduction

INTRODUCING, DEFINING AND CLASSIFYING
1. Introducing Your Topic
2. Giving Brief Definitions
3. Classifying and Describing Characteristics

AIM, PROPOSITION AND TALKING ABOUT ARGUMENT
4. Stating Your Aim, Proposition and Scope 
5. Talking about Proposition, Assumption, Argument, Thesis and Theory

STRUCTURE, TIME, SEQUENCE AND FREQUENCY
6. Ordering and Structuring Your Ideas and Argument
7. Time, Sequence, Duration and Frequency 

 METHODOLOGY AND METHOD, FINDINGS, SIZE, AMOUNT, LEVEL AND PROPORTION
8. Describing Your Methodology and Method
9. Presenting Initial Data and Findings, and Stating Problems and Anomalies
10. Size, Amount, Level, Capacity, Proportion and Ratio

MOVEMENT AND CHANGE, GETTING BETTER OR WORSE, ALLOWING OR PREVENTING AND ELIMINATING
11. Movement, Change, Trend and Tendency
12. Getting Better or Worse, Bringing Back or Taking Away, Encouraging or Deterring
13. Allowing or Preventing, Avoiding, Exlcuding, Cancelling Out and Eliminating

CIRCUMSTANCE, ADVANTAGE OR DISADVANTAGE, PRESENCE OR ABSENCE AND IMPORTANCE
14. Circumstance, Occurrence, Normality, Norm, Deviance, Risk and Threat
15. Advantage or Disadvantage, Plenty or Too Much, Enough or Not Enough, Presence or Absence
16. Importance, Relevance, Influence and Impact

COMMUNICATION, EXPRESSION, UNDERSTANDING, WAY OF THINKING AND POINT OF VIEW
17. Communication, Expression, Signification and Portrayal 
18. Knowledge, Understanding, Perception, Way of Thinking and Belief
19. Position, Point of View, Support and Opposition, Impartiality and Bias

CAUSE AND EFFECT, DEPENDENCY, SIMILARITY AND DIFFERENCE
20. Cause and Effect, Derivation, Requirement, Compatibility, Reciprocity and Dependency
21. Equivalence, Similarity, Difference and Diversity

ANALYSING AND EVALUATING IDEAS
22. Analysing Ideas and Suggesting Common Themes
23. Comparing the Views of Different Authors and Describing How They Cite and Evaluate Each Other
24. Evaluating an Author's Ideas Positively
25. Evaluating an Author's Ideas Negatively

DRAWING YOUR OWN CONCLUSIONS, STATING YOUR OWN POSITION AND SUMMARISING YOUR IDEAS
26. Suggesting Counterarguments, Conceding, Disagreeing, Drawing Your Own Conclusions and Generating Your Own Ideas
27. Being Precise About Your Conclusions and Expressing Certainty, Caution or Doubt
28. Summarising, Restating Your Ideas, and Suggesting Ability, Potential and Future Actions

APPENDIX
Latin Abbreviations and Phrases
A Brief Explanation of Word Class
Index: Section Headings and Subheadings
Index: Words and Phrases

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