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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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Where Else Do We See Unplanned Speaking onto the Page?

Where Else Do We See Unplanned Speaking onto the Page?

(p.169) 8 Where Else Do We See Unplanned Speaking onto the Page?
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on different kinds of writing where people often speak the words onto the page without much careful planning, including email, letters, diaries and journals, blogs, written exams, and speaking-to-write workshops. It also discusses unplanned speaking onto the page that is hidden, native speakers of writing, speaking excellent prose onto the page, dictation as a mental speaking or mental writing process, and dictation using voice-activated software. The chapter concludes with the story of Nebrija, a grammarian in the court of Queen Isabella of Spain, who convinced the queen to impose the Castilian language on all her subjects.

Keywords:   writing, email, unplanned speaking, speaking onto the page, prose, dictation, voice-activated software, Queen Isabella, Spain, Castilian language

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