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MA thesis as writing sample
Posted 25 October 2011 - 09:17 PM
My question for y'all is whether or not I should re-format it. My thesis is currently formatted, well, like a thesis. It has huge margins, and a long tables of contents, and all of those other picky things that my graduate school made me do. I'm thinking that it might be easier for an adcom to read if I edited it to follow the style guidelines of a linguistics article. It would certainly cut down on the page length of my thesis.
What do you think I should do?
Posted 27 October 2011 - 02:13 PM
Pardon my typos..
Posted 27 October 2011 - 07:28 PM
I recommend not spending more than a hour or two on this conversion process because the exercise offers a great opportunity for a first class freak out.
In the effort to create an “instant history” with which we could live and prosper, our early historians intentionally placed our early national heroes and leaders beyond the pale of criticism. . . . And this distorted image of them has not only created a gross historical fallacy, but it has also rendered it utterly impossible to deal with our past in terms of the realities that existed at that time. To put it another way, our romanticizing about the history of the late eighteenth century has prevented our recognizing the fact that the founding fathers made serious mistakes that have greatly affected the course of our national history from that time to the present.
John Hope Franklin, ISBN-0807115479, p. 154.
Taking critics seriously, and responding to them thoughtfully, is a sign of respect.
William G. Bowen, ISBN-9780691149622, p. 53.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 08:01 PM
At the very least, I might just cut out the clutter at the beginning of the formatted thesis. My MA adviser told me that I should consider reformatting my thesis in the style of a linguistics article for eventual journal submission, but I think that it's too stressful, and not important enough to worry about now.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:57 PM
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