Local Perspective

To communicate and clearly, you need to be able to jump back and forth between a global perspective and a local perspective. While you may focus more time on adopting a global perspective early during composing, once you understand the assignment prompt or rhetorical challenge, once you've done the strategic research to take the pulse of a scholarly conversation on a topic, and once you've got a pretty solid draft, then you're ready to adopt a microstructural perspective.

Synonymous Terms

The local perspective may also be known as

  • local level or local concerns
  • syntactical level
  • grammatical level
  • linguistic level
  • micro-structural perspective.


What is a Local Perspective?

A local perspective refers to the practice of critically rereading a text sentence-by-sentence, word-by-word, in order to identify and eliminate errors and usage and style problems.

When editing at the local level, writers may make edits to the style of the text to improve its clarity, brevityflow, use of inclusive language, and simplicity.

When should writers analyze documents at the local level?

In contemporary writing studies pedagogy, writers are encouraged to critique works from a local perspective only after the works have been critiqued from a global perspective.

Why Does the Local Perspective Matter?

By addressing errors and inconsistencies at the word, phrase, clause, and sentence level, writers can ensure that their messages are effectively conveyed to readers. Poorly constructed sentences and grammatical errors can detract from the quality and authority of a text.

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