ENGL9003/9009 English Language Stage 5
Critical analysis of two texts with different genres
The following essay has as goal the comparison of two texts which deal with the same subject however written in different genres of English. It is going to demonstrate a critical analysis of the differences between the two pieces of work in terms of vocabulary, grammatical structures, style and other features.
The first text is from the website www.howstuffworks.com , which is an American commercial edutainment website founded by Marshall Brain. Professor Brain holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in computer science from North Carolina State University. By founding this website he had the goal of providing to its target audience and insight into the way in which many things function. The text is entitled "How Tornadoes Work", by Marshall Brain and Robert Lamb.
The focus will be only on the Introduction and the first answer which is "What Your Bath Tub Can Teach You About Tornadoes". The second text originates from Atmospheric Research, an online journal which publishes scientific papers (research papers, review articles, letters and notes) dealing with the part of the atmosphere where meteorological events occur. The article is entitled "Tornadogenesis: Our current understanding, forecasting considerations, and questions to guide future research", written by Paul M. Markowski and Yvette P. Richardson. The analysis is going to lapse on the Abstract and the Introduction.
The title of the first text is a one question title with a wide range of conceivable answers, which means that is very subjective and does not appeal for objective and predefined replies. However in the second text the title is more objective which demands very specific types of answers.
Vocabulary is another relevant factor...