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TR 05. Properties of Spoken and Written Language

By: Wallace Chafe, Jane Danielewicz
Publication: National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report
Date: May 1987

Summary: The authors discuss important linguistic features that characterize different types of spoken and written language, from dinner conversations to academic papers. They analyze the reasons for these language differences.



Certainly there are a number of factors responsible for differences in the kinds of language a person may use. And certainly one of those factors is the matter of whether the language is produced with the mouth and received with the ear, or whether it is produced with the hand and received with the eye. We will be looking here at some of the differences in language which seem to have much to do with that difference in how it is produced and received. At the same time, we will be looking at how some of the uses to which language is put interact with the spoke-written distinction.

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