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-upwork.
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