Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

English Language and Literature

First Advisor

Dr. James Pinson

Second Advisor

Dr. Bernie Miller


Copy editing is often overlooked in any publication process. It’s commonly thought that copy editing only consists of correcting grammar and spelling errors. But copy editing is a crucial step in publishing as editors can “translate” a text for its audience. This study demonstrates how effective editing is dependent upon an understanding of how a text functions for its author and its readers.