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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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How Speech Can Improve the Organization of Writing

How Speech Can Improve the Organization of Writing

Form as Energy

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Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how speech can improve the organization of writing. It begins with a discussion of how spatial and visual writing escapes the temporal nature of speech, how organization works in time, and how speaking onto the page and reading aloud to revise result in the temporal dimension of writing. It then considers media that are rooted in time, including spoken language (speeches and plays), music, and movies. It also looks at the use of outlines and signposts for organizing essays, as well as binding time with story, perplexity, voice, and with words that enact rather than record. The chapter concludes by discussing three countries with competing official written languages: Greece, Norway, and Vietnam.

Keywords:   speech, writing, speaking onto the page, reading aloud, spoken language, outlines, signposts, essays, written languages, Greece

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