Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Vernacular EloquenceWhat Speech Can Bring to Writing$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 21 March 2019

A New Culture of Vernacular Literacy on the Horizon

A New Culture of Vernacular Literacy on the Horizon

(p.363) 18 A New Culture of Vernacular Literacy on the Horizon
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes a new culture of vernacular literacy that will welcome speech—and multiple spoken languages—for writing. It argues that the existing culture of literacy has been moving for some time now toward this vernacular literacy in which all the different versions of spoken English will be deemed appropriate for serious writing. To support its argument, the chapter considers historical examples that illustrate the tension between divergence and standardization, with particular reference to spoken language and written language. It also outlines three stages in the gradual transition to vernacular literacy.

Keywords:   vernacular literacy, speech, writing, literacy, English, divergence, standardization, spoken language, written language

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .