Plain, but not simple: Plain language research with readers, writers and texts (Kim Garwood)

I’m very interested in the subject of plain language and recently had the opportunity to advise on the wording of some forms and documents for students at my college. There is a certain tension in academia between the need to communicate ideas clearly and the feeling that certain aspects of meaning can be lost if plain language is used.

Kim Garwood’s PhD dissertation examines this very topic. I am only partway through it but so far it’s fascinating!

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