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Title: Written Documents in the Workplace
Edited By: Denis Alamargot
Patrice Terrier
Jean-Marie Cellier
URL: http://books.elsevier.com
Series Title: Studies in Writing
Description:

In the workplace, written communication is key to transmitting and
preserving information. How to produce efficient and professional documents
is, therefore, a decisive question for all companies and institutions. "Written
Documents in the Workplace" addresses this need by bridging the gap
between fundamental writing and reading research, and issues of efficacy
with respect to written communication in the workplace. The Editors have
selected specific topics and invited eminent linguists, psychologists and
ergonomists around the world to contribute state-of-the-art reviews.

The book is divided into three parts. The first provides a linguistic definition
of professional documents, explaining differences in type and genre; the
second part focuses on the mental mechanisms involved in writing in the
workplace, while the third is dedicated to the comprehension of the written
documents themselves. There are also recommendations to professional
writers; ways to improve on surface form and content structure are
discussed and design guidelines provided in the form of in-depth reviews and
illustrated examples. Pictograms, blogs, animated procedures, task-
guidance systems, 'the professional translator' and 'the writer at school' are
all additional features to be found in this new Studies in Writing volume.

Cutting across the diverse fields of text linguistics, cognitive psychology and
human factors, this book will dramatically strengthen the writing abilities of
the reader, leaving them better equipped to produce more usable documents
at work.

Section Table of Contents
Section A. Defining professional documents
Section B. Composing documents
Section C. Understanding documents

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Ling & Literature
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 008047487X
ISBN-13: 9780080474878
Pages: 306
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