Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition) - David L. Rogers

Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition) - David L. Rogers

Bridging by Connectives: The Art of Creating Transitions

Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition) - David L. Rogers

David L. Rogers [+-]
Kingston University, London
David L. Rogers is Emeritus Senior Fellow at Kingston University, London, having previously been Head of the School of Humanities at Kingston and Director of the Kingston Writing School. He taught English and American literature, essay writing, composition and grammar, rhetoric, creative writing and journalism in universities in the US and the UK for over thirty years and ran the annual Athens International Creative Writing Summer School in partnership with the British Council between 2012-2019.

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Chapter 3 introduces the first of the conventional and innovative types of transitional or linking devices, which, as a mimetic aid and in tribute to a metaphor from Richard Marius, the book refers to as “bridging” devices. Readers need “bridges” to ensure they can travel clearly and coherently from idea to idea, from sentence to sentence, from paragraph to paragraph, and the chapter encourages students to take a safety-first approach to their use of bridging devices, initially inserting them liberally as they first revise so they can evaluate the coherence of their writing, confident in the knowledge they can later delete any they may decide they do not need. The chapter identifies some of the most basic bridging devices: independent connectors, coordinating conjunctions, and subordinating conjunctions. As is the case in all chapters, it provides many examples, explains the function of each type and the meaning it conveys, and provides instances of use by professional writers to illustrate good practice. It also includes an exercise at the end of its explanation of each type to allow students to practice and to test their understanding.

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Rogers, David. Bridging by Connectives: The Art of Creating Transitions. Writing Better Essays - A Rhetorical Guide to Writing and Revision (Second International Edition). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 99-122 Feb 2024. ISBN 9781781798348. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36966. Date accessed: 21 Feb 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36966. Feb 2024

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