Date of Award
Master of Arts
John H. Hagge
One topic kept coming up in my class work during the first year.of my graduate study: readability. Although readability can refer to how legible handwriting or typography is, this study will refer to it only as a determination of the ease of understanding or comprehension due to the style of writing (Klare 1963, 1). A readability formula, then, would be a mathematical formula used to determine if a document could be comprehended by a given audience. In a world where thousands of dollars may be lost because of the wording of one letter or memorandum, it is vitally important that both the writer and reader of that document agree on its meaning. Therefore, readability is of major importance in my area of specialization, Business and Technical Communication. Yet the question of how to achieve that agreement between writer and reader is difficult to answer.
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Nancy Ann Vieth
May 16, 2013
Vieth, Nancy Ann, "Mathematics in composition: a defense of Flesch's readability formula" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 75.