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Language and Grammar Workshop: Sentences Revisited: How to Discipline Unruly Sentences: Clarity in Academic Writing

The optimal length of a sentence in Academic writing is determined by history and geography. At some periods in the past, the complicated, meandering, all-inclusive sentence was a mark of rhetorical excellence. In some writing cultures, expansion of this kind is deemed an admirable stylistic attribute. Excessively long (prolix) sentences are no longer considered desirable in Anglophone Academic expression.

In this workshop, we explore techniques for producing crisper sentences to avoid boring, confusing, or turgid expression.

It is important that your reader does not lose the will to live before the end of your sentence is in sight.

To book a place on this workshop see the current School of Arts timetable or the MyBirkbeck academic development workshops.

Theme tags: Academic english, Academic Skills, Academic writing, Communication Skills, Essay writing, Writing skills