The auther uses formal diction in a way that is very descriptive and easy yo understand.
A stark contrast to the rest of the book's complex and structured nature, this book's diction as fairly simplistic. While every once in a while, you'll pass by a "frugality" or "spontaneity", the majority of the word choice, at least to me, seems no more simple than a 8th grade level book. With that said, I don't find this a fault in Shipler's writing. The book details complex situations, situations which you and I might not entirely understand, so the dumbing down isn't very offensive. In addition, as a 10th grader, I don't understand hiring processes or welfare applications, so on a personal level, this is a benefit, as it allows me to understand the more adult-related activities.
The author uses very descriptive and formal detail, that gets easier to read as the book goes on. In the first Chapter the reader will most likely be taken aback by the amount of detail and very economic related words the author uses, However as the book continues the reader will eventually get used to his formal and detailed diction. It won't be uncommon for a reader to common across a word like "precarious".
I haven't come across to many words that I don't understand in this book, which is enjoyable. The most confused I get is when Shipler starts talking all this economic talk that makes no sense to me. Other than that I'd say the diction in this book is pretty neutral, and it suits the argument well. Shipler also gets very descriptive with his words, and creates thought provoking images in the reader's head. One sentence that specifically stuck out to me in chapter three describes immigrants coming to America as "seeking lives of plenty" yet bringing their deprivation with them "creating islands of hardship amid the surging tides of prosperity." I love how meaningful these words are.
As my peers have already said, when getting past the first few chapters the book in its entirety is easy too read. Sometimes, the use of 'economic' vocabulary is daunting at first to someone of my age. When words like "pernicious" or "destitution that create this formal/mature tone. When these words occasionally should remember that the author was not writing to 15/16 year olds. This book touches on mature topics suggesting a mature audience which suggest an overall formal use of diction. After the early few chapters, the diction remain formal while taking on a consistent tone. The author's diction is simple when anecdotes are being discussed throughout the book.
When starting the book, the authors diction seems highly formal and even barely understandable. However, it was simply the economic terms that caused confusion. As I got further into the book, I began t understand the formal and scholarly diction of the book. However, this was primarily only present when he discussed the "hard truths". In regards to his diction in the anecdotes, I would say that it was rather informal and easy for anyone to understand. This may have been because he was writing the way the people spoke.
The author's diction varies throughout the book. During the anecdotes, the diction is pretty informal and easy to understand. The facts contain a high level of diction, that at first can be hard to understand. Shipler's writing includes a lot of economic lingo, that can be difficult to understand at our age.
In the beginning of the book David Shipler uses a formal diction which made in confusing, which is due to the fact that his economic vocabulary is not something a high school sophomore would understand. This would be because they have not been exposed to things that Shipler writes about. As I read on, the diction had been reduce to informal when writing about the stories, yet Shipler's economic vocabulary would pop up here and there. The formal diction had made it hard for me to find a motivation to read it but when I had gotten passed it the informal diction made it easier for me to read.
Ok, the first paragraph stunk. His diction was straight facts and lingo a 10th grader would never know. But it got better. He started intertwining the facts with imagery and started explaining the facts in a way that a 10th grader could understand. While sometimes complex terms come into play, Shipler typically avoids anything other than basic knowledge once the book gets started.
I concur with the comments above that the initial chapters of Shipler's book were extremely difficult to comprehend. As I read on however, I realized that his overall diction was in actuallity, quite casual. Further on in the book, the amount of polysyllabic words gradully lessened, and complex words that did appear were not used to baffle or confuse the average reader.
The author uses a very formal diction throughout the text, which makes the text very descriptive. The reader needs a little bit of background knowledge on the 'economic language' that the author uses throughout the book. At the beginning it can be hard to understand, but as the reader becomes more familiar with the formal diction, the text becomes easier to understand.
The author uses formal diction but makes what is being read easy to understand besides the use of specific terms when talking about economics.
The author of the working poor uses a very formal and varied diction throughout the book to be as descriptive as needed to support his arguement
Complex yet simple. As a 15 year old who doesn't pay taxes, I had no clue what Shipler was talking about with earnings of a family and recessions of an economy. As i continued I got used to the money talk and had an idea the money was going down. The talk of money of tons of statistics were definitely meant for an audience who knew the economy and is effected by it (aka adults)
Throughout the book, Shipler uses a lot of formal and elevated diction. In discussing the hardships that many families experience, he uses many high-level words in doing so while still maintaining a formal style. For example, in chapter 5, Shipler uses words such as unpretentious and dysfunctional when discussing a man named Michael’s situation. The words listed above provide an example of the many elevated words that Shipler uses as the book progresses and in particular when discussing the challenges at the workplace in chapter 5.
I agree with the formal diction, but I feel he used more colloquial diction especially because there is a load of quotes in this chapter. This also leads to more abstract choices in words, and the cacophonous diction also adds effect to the truly harsh situation the working poor are going through.
Shipler uses elevated and formal diction throughout the book when telling peoples' stories. There is a big difference between Shipler’s diction and of those he is interviewing. Many of the interviewed people use colloquial and informal diction when speaking. Their use of diction can also deeper signify many of their struggles to get an education.
The text begins as easy to read with simple diction, but as the story develops and we get more depth the diction becomes more intelligent and intellectual. This creates the formal tone seen through out the book.
Mrs. Theaker's students will be conducting discussions about The Working Poor by David K. Shipler here.