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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report    

TR 46. Plain Language for Expert or Lay Audiences: Designing Text Using Protocol-Aided Revision

By Karen A. Schriver

Summary: This paper addresses both critics and proponents of the "plain language" movement, arguing for a redefinition of plain English and suggesting a method for assessing whether or not a text is indeed clear to its intended readership. Using two case studies, Schriver details the process of protocol-aided revision, which uses reader feedback to help writers to modify texts for expert or lay audiences. She also provides a cognitive model of the process of protocol-aided revision. February, 1991; 38 pages.

TR 46. Plain Language for Expert or Lay Audiences: Designing Text Using Protocol-Aided Revision
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