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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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Considering Objections to Speaking onto the Page

Considering Objections to Speaking onto the Page

(p.186) 9 Considering Objections to Speaking onto the Page
Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at some objections to speaking onto the page, such as the argument that speaking onto the page gives rise to language that is wrong for writing, or that it will hasten impurity and change in written language. Another argument is that speech and writing are not just different languages or dialects; they are but different ways of thinking or using the mind. The chapter concludes with the story of how Korea promulgated a writing system, called Han'gul or “great script,” that invites speech for writing.

Keywords:   speaking, language, writing, written language, speech, Korea, Han'gul

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