Rhetoric of professional correspondence: origins of contemporary practice

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1992
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Edwards, Verlane
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Helen Rothschild Ewald
Dale H. Rose
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English

The Department of English seeks to provide all university students with the skills of effective communication and critical thinking, as well as imparting knowledge of literature, creative writing, linguistics, speech and technical communication to students within and outside of the department.

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The Department of English and Speech was formed in 1939 from the merger of the Department of English and the Department of Public Speaking. In 1971 its name changed to the Department of English.

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In conjunction with the increased interest in rhetorical studies, and as a result of recent research surveys which cite the centrality of letter writing in professional communication, letter writing has been receiving increased scholarly attention. A significant portion of this attention consists of complaints about the current state of textbook instruction in business correspondence. For example, Sam Dragga argues that the traditional attention to classification of letters and teaching the characteristics of those classifications allows writers to avoid addressing the "complexity of specific rhetorical situations".

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