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English in Speech and Writing: Investigating Language and Literature

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In this activity-based text, Rebecca Hughes invites the reader to examine the differences between spoken and written English.
Instead of presenting a bewildering array of 'facts' about variety in English, she encourages the reader to actively investigate the differences between these two modes of communication by comparing actual speech patterns with literary ones. This indispensable guide to the basic methods of analysis provides both an overview of the relationship between ...

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Overview

In this activity-based text, Rebecca Hughes invites the reader to examine the differences between spoken and written English.
Instead of presenting a bewildering array of 'facts' about variety in English, she encourages the reader to actively investigate the differences between these two modes of communication by comparing actual speech patterns with literary ones. This indispensable guide to the basic methods of analysis provides both an overview of the relationship between speech and writing and an introduction to a central theoretical issue in language studies. By the end of the book, readers will have had the opportunity to consider material from an extensive selection of spoken and written varieties - including boxing commentaries, detective novels and film scripts - while being encouraged to formulate their own opinions with regard to lexis and structure. In addition, the tasks that have been incorporated into the end of every chapter provide suggestions for further self-study and follow-up work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415124812
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/1996
  • Series: Interface Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Properties of speech and writing 5
2 Interactions on the page 37
3 Individuals in speech and writing 66
4 Analysing speech and writing in context 98
5 Issues in the study of speech and writing 127
Appendix Approaching language analysis: a brief beginners' guide and glossary 149
Notes 167
References 172
Index 176
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