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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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A Virtue for Writing at the Root of Everyday Speech

(p.104) 5 Intonation
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on intonation as a virtue in speech that can be exploited to improve writing. It considers how intonation relates to meaning in grammar, syntax, semantics, and connotation. It also discusses the connection between intonation and voice, intonation units and their importance for writing, why the syntactic glue is so strong between words inside intonational phrases, and the notion of spontaneous syntax. Finally, it explains how Latin was standardized and came to be a written language on the initiative of Charlemagne and the monk Alcuin.

Keywords:   intonation, speech, writing, meaning, syntax, voice, intonation units, intonational phrases, spontaneous syntax, Latin

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