Introduction to the Enthymeme

This lecture supplements and extends this week’s reading on the enthymeme that is available in Blackboard.1)1. Gage, John T. “The Enthymeme” from The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College. 4th ed. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2006. 82-85. This lecture draws heavily from Gage’s The Shape of Reason and from Sharon Crowley and Debra Hawhee’s Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary […]

Types of Scripts from Jan. 28 In-class Lecture

While we’ve seen from the classification schemas John DeFrancis includes in his book Visible Speech that there are debates over how to classify different writing systems (or even if those systems count as writing), in the most general terms we can talk about three types of writing systems: logographies, syllabaries, and alphabets. The following is […]

Discoveries of Writing from Jan. 28 In-class Lecture

Writing, as we’ve discussed, is a technology: it is something that was invented or “discovered.” Depending upon who you ask, writing was independently discovered between 2 – 7 times. Note here that I am using — stressing — the word “independently.” What we mean when we say “independently discovered” is that a culture seems to […]

Writing Classification Schemas from Jan. 28 In-class Lecture

Following up on our Jan. 24 in-class discussion of the boundaries of what is and isn’t writing, I posted a Communication Classification Scheme from John DeFrancis’s Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems 1) DeFrancis, John. Visible Speech: The Diverse Oneness of Writing Systems. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989. that places writing within the larger […]

Communication Classification Scheme

During Thursday’s class (Jan. 24), one question we ran up against as we discussed the boundaries of what is and isn’t writing was the distinction between writing and communication. While there are other ways of drawing distinctions between the two, this diagram offers one way defining different types of communication and their relationships. 1) Source: DeFrancis, John. […]