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Assignment #4: Miniature Research Paper Every human activity and pursuit has its own vocabulary, from the slang of video-games to the secret code of high finance, from the jargon of cooking to the double-speak of politics. For your final paper, you should take all of the close-reading techniques that we developed this term and apply them to an interest, passion, or obsession of your own. This will provide us all with proof that these methods that we've worked on have applications in the so-called “real world” outside of the English classroom. Title your paper with something like "The Rhetoric of Public Relations," "The Language of Neurobiology," "The Jargon of Screenwriting," "The Slang of Catering," "The Foreign Tongue of Business Management," etc. Use your essay (supported with a few research sources, which we’ll work on soon) to analyze the language of that particular activity. As an example, if someone were to write an essay titled "The Rhetoric of Baseball," it could look something like this… The sport of baseball contains its own special language, a vocabulary that this essay will explore and analyze. In this sport, one alternates between wearing a "cap" (a more boyish- sounding word than the more adult-sounding "hat") and wearing a "helmet" (a piece of wardrobe we associate with warriors). One wields a "bat," which is a word that Warner Brothers cartoons play with by picturing not a "bat" as a club made out of wood but a "bat" as a flying rodent that can turn into a vampire. On the issue of "clubs," sometimes an entire baseball team is referred to collectively as a baseball "club," and so a bat-using team is a club-using club. The game is watched over by an "umpire," a word that sounds a lot like "empire," and indeed the umpire is the royal, king-like emperor who has the power of the final say-so regarding the goings-on of the game. Baseball is played on a "field" instead of a "court" or a "rink," which gives it a more natural and outdoorsy tone. A batter ties to hit a "pitch" (which is a word we also use for certain verbal performances, like a "sales pitch"). If a pitch isn't a "strike" (which it is, ironically, if the batter doesn't manage to "strike" the ball when he swings), then it is a "ball," even though (physically) all pitches are physically made up of balls whether or not they are in the strike zone. The target of baseball is to make a "run," although a run can be scored whether or not you are actually running, walking, or crawling. A run is scored not by reaching an "end zone" (as in American "foot"-ball, a game played mostly with your hands) but by reaching "home," a place we often associate with safety and relaxation and security. To qualify as a research paper, your essay should cite at least one outside source per page. When looking for research sources, avoid controversial sites like SparkNotes and Wikipedia.

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