Berthoff, Ann E. “Rhetoric as hermeneutic.” College composition and communication 42.3 (1991): 279-287.
“From strong to weak versions”
Berthoff argues that Whorf’s thinking has enjoyed a legacy “precisely because of” the “vagueness” of his terms, and that his admirers have dealt with the “unsupportability” of Whorf’s claims by making them more vague (12).
“Correlation, connection, correspondence” (5)
“Trained as an engineer, Whorf had a hard-headed, mechanistic sense of causality and an impatient disregard for the metaphysical aspects of language” (4).
20: “1. Invention”
21: “Writers who learn how to let the what help them discover the how are learning the use of limits.” ***Here Berthoff writes of “constraints” that work when writers consider audience (“What does the reader need to know?”) and the form (genre in this passage). Constraints here are means of invention, “form” as heuristic (and situation as heuristic). IN order for this to work, students need to develop awareness of audience and form (different from discourse community? genre expectations? )