Local Perspective

The term Local Perspective is used by teachers, editors, writers, and critics to refer to the practice of talking about a document or revising a document at the linguistic, sentence-level, or semantic perspective.

Teachers, writers, editors may use the term Sentence level or Linguistic Level rather than Local Perspective.


When editors, bosses, or instructors critique a text from the local perspective, they are examining it sentence-by-sentence, looking for stylistic infelicities, i.e., errors of usage, convention.

The practice of engaging in a local perspective is an act of editing rather than an act of revision.

Related Concepts

In Writing Studies,

  • the practice of revision is closely associated with engaging in a Global Perspective.
  • the practice of editing is synonymous with engaging in a local perspective.
  • faculty encourage students to engage in revision long before they even consider editing.