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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 as a Process

Speaking as a Process

What Can It Offer Writing?

(p.59) 3 Speaking as a Process
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on virtues associated with speaking and spoken language, and how such virtues can be exploited. More specifically, it examines the process of speaking and discusses four advantages that might be borrowed or adapted for writing. These advantages are: speaking is easy; the process of speaking is good for blurting and gisting; the process of speaking is good for dialogue; and speaking is self-rewarding and helps children learn to master language. The chapter also discusses the role of the rebus, a children's game, in writing, particularly in Chinese characters and Egyptian and Mayan hieroglyphs.

Keywords:   speaking, spoken language, writing, blurting, gisting, dialogue, rebus, Chinese characters, hieroglyphs

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