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Vernacular EloquenceWhat Speech Can Bring to Writing$
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Peter Elbow

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199782505

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.001.0001

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Speaking and Writing as They are Used

Speaking and Writing as They are Used

The Role of Culture

(p.21) 1 Speaking and Writing as They are Used
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role of culture in speech and writing. More precisely, it discusses a few differences between how different cultures use speech and writing. It shows that speaking and writing are always inflected by culture, and that people through time and space tend to speak and write in very different ways. The chapter also outlines three different kinds of symbols for written language: alphabetic symbols, logographic symbols, and syllabic symbols.

Keywords:   culture, speech, writing, speaking, written language, alphabetic symbols, logographic symbols, syllabic symbols

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