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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 Mental Activities

Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This section explores the virtues of speech and how they can be brought to writing. More specifically, it considers speaking and writing as mental activities, rather than physical activities. It also discusses the early stages of writing where it is possible to do “unplanned speaking onto the page,” or using our “speaking gear” for writing—as in freewriting.

Keywords:   speech, writing, speaking, mental activities, freewriting, speaking gear, speaking onto the page

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