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 ===== Nominalization in the service of ideology ===== ===== Nominalization in the service of ideology =====
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 //A reading and exercise for Tech Writers and language purists// //A reading and exercise for Tech Writers and language purists//
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 As discussed by Kress and Hodge in //Language as Ideology//, chap 2, nominalization functions in the service of ideology. How they carry and alter meaning is a more vital issue than the typical stylebook warning about nominalization as confusing or unclear or aesthetic unpleasant. (All those -ations! How messy!) As discussed by Kress and Hodge in //Language as Ideology//, chap 2, nominalization functions in the service of ideology. How they carry and alter meaning is a more vital issue than the typical stylebook warning about nominalization as confusing or unclear or aesthetic unpleasant. (All those -ations! How messy!)
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 corporatization => make corporate - which seems to be a categorization, non-transactional.  Re-writes as something like corporatization => make corporate - which seems to be a categorization, non-transactional.  Re-writes as something like
  
-> As a verb, to make corporate => unspecified actors who are authorized to do so by other unnamed actors move a set of legal and business procedures into a definitional slot that codifies them and demands that they be recognized as authorized.+//As a verb, to make corporate => unspecified actors who are authorized to do so by other unnamed actors move a set of legal and business procedures into a definitional slot that codifies them and demands that they be recognized as authorized.//
  
 With at least two levels of //authorized actors//, the actors are not recoverable.  This may be a kind of ideological bootstrapping: Because I can make corporate, I am authorized to do so. Or it may be a kind of sui generis. With at least two levels of //authorized actors//, the actors are not recoverable.  This may be a kind of ideological bootstrapping: Because I can make corporate, I am authorized to do so. Or it may be a kind of sui generis.
  
-Try //globalization// => ...  It does not unpack as "to make global" but something like, "to use global commercial transactions in local exchange." [more to come] to unpack, we need to look at use cases. +Take //globalization// => ...  It does not unpack as "to make global" but something like, "to use global commercial transactions in local exchange." To unpack this, we need to look at use cases. [more to come].
  
 === note on method === === note on method ===
-Simply listing list nominals isn't enough. The list doesn't bring out the pattern and can strip context of use. Instead, to look at patterns of use of nominals and nominalization as a non-transactional. Look to specific cases of use rather than focusing only on the isolated surface form of the nominalization.+Simply listing nominals isn't enough. The list doesn't bring out the pattern and can strip context of use. Instead, look at patterns of use of nominals and nominalization as a non-transactional. Look at specific cases of use rather than focusing only on the isolated surface form of the nominalization.
  
-Look to the nominalizations typical and unique to the field to get a sense of the ideology at use.  +Look at the nominalizations typical and unique to the field to get a sense of the ideology at use.  
  
-Nominalization - making nouns of verbs, things of actions - may be ... er ... a force of commodification. It seems that capitalism can't readily make verbs into stuff you can package and buy and sell. You can when the act is contracted as a nominal. Then you can try to package and sell *the experience*.+Nominalization - making nouns of verbs, things of actions - may be ... er ... a force of commodification. It seems that capitalism can't readily make verbs into stuff you can package and buy and sell. You can when the act is contracted as a nominal. Then you can try to package and sell //The Experience//.
  
-Is //experience// in "The Target experience" or "Experience Target," or "We want to make your Target experience extraordinary": Are these nominalizations or something else? The term seems to contract agent, agency, action, and context. It elides the verb, the primary action of *shop*, or confounds it with other verbs and so makes it difficult to recover.  It seems to limit the action to place and time.  //To have a shopping experience// rather than //shop// is beginning to reduce the cluster of actions and scripts in *shopping* into a homogeneous singular. Don't know if the alternative //experience shopping at Target// recovers much, although it does replace the verb. +**BUT**: Is //experience// in "The Target experience" or "Experience Target," or "We want to make your Target experience extraordinary": Are these nominalizations or something else? The term seems to contract agent, agency, action, and context. It elides the verb, the primary action of *shop*, or confounds it with other verbs and so makes it difficult to recover.  It seems to limit the action to place and time.  //To have a shopping experience// rather than //shop// is beginning to reduce the cluster of actions and scripts in *shopping* into a homogeneous singular. Don't know if the alternative //experience shopping at Target// recovers much, although it does replace the verb. 
  
 Unpacking nominalizations. Show what they contract - what they conceal, make hidden - and what they take for granted. Unpacking nominalizations. Show what they contract - what they conceal, make hidden - and what they take for granted.
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 > Showing less means someone else is seeing less. And seeing less means thinking less. 22 > Showing less means someone else is seeing less. And seeing less means thinking less. 22
  
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