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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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The Benefits of Speaking onto the Page and Reading Aloud

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Vernacular Eloquence

Peter Elbow

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the benefits of speaking onto the page and reading aloud to three particular groups: newcomers to literacy; fairly competent writers who speak mainstream English; and those who speak non-sanctioned, non-standardized, or stigmatized versions of English. It also considers writing as the doorway to literacy and the objection that vernacular speech and expository writing are not only different languages or dialects but are also different ways of using the mind. Finally, it tells the story of how Chairman Mao Zedong of China tried to increase literacy in his country.

Keywords:   speaking onto the page, reading aloud, literacy, writers, English, writing, vernacular speech, Mao Zedong, China, languages

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