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Smart Language : Readers, Readability, and the Grading of Text (Paperback)

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Smart Language is the story of the readability formulas, standard tools in education, government, and business. Early in the 20th century, education in the U.S. was confronted by a changing school population, especially an increase in the second generation of immigrants in secondary schools. In response, there was a new reliance on scientific tools for studying and objectively measuring educational problems. This effort engaged the best minds of the age, including Edward Thorndike, William Gray, and Edgar Dale. Their work led to the first readability formulas. In 1935, surveys revealed that the average readers in the U.S. were adults of limited reading ability. New studies showed how more readable text increases their readership and comprehension. Today, the readability formulas continue to benefit millions of readers throughout the world in many languages. William H. DuBay is a professional writer with 40 years experience in public relations and technical communication.


Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Mfg Part# 9781419654398
SKU 205002954
Format Paperback
ISBN10 141965439X
Release Date 8/13/2012
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Number of Pages 0158
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