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At some point, I started writing ridiculously long sentences. I've… 
21st-Apr-2008 05:35 pm
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At some point, I started writing ridiculously long sentences. I've started realizing that perhaps having a hard time getting under page limits is not necessarily a good thing, and perhaps it's because I'm too damned wordy. (At this point, anyone who interacts with me on a daily basis is laughing hysterically.) This is actually one of the better sentences in my introduction:

At pre-1965 immigration rates, ethnic communities had steady growth rates and were not necessarily dominated by recent immigrants, meaning that the community as a whole had greater incentive to assimilate; however, at today’s immigration rates, ethnic communities continue to be primarily composed of first and second generation immigrants, who may well maintain stronger cultural ties to their countries of origin than previous groups of immigrants (Alba & Nee 1997).

It's going to be a long week.
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22nd-Apr-2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
*gets red pen out* My Master's thesis at LSE had a 10,000 word hard limit. I now understand why British writers are so concise.

Believe me, those who are wordy can un-wordy themselves in editing.....
22nd-Apr-2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, my. My PROPOSAL was 11700, references and appendices included.
22nd-Apr-2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
On the plus side, the sentence is understandable by those willing to wade through it. I've seen too many jargon-filled sentences that make no sense whatsoever to anyone outside the community.
22nd-Apr-2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
And I heard many of those sentences at our conference week before last... along with some really hideous public speaking. =/
22nd-Apr-2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I do truly hate it when there's a topic that's really, really, interesting, but the person speaking is so boring and tedious, you want to fall asleep despite the niftiness of the subject. Which has happened, more than once. *sigh*
24th-Apr-2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Doesn't look so bad to me. Besides, they're giving you a sociology degree and not an English one, right? ;)

peace,

--me
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