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ERIC Number: ED029014
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
Pages: 7
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The Language of Modern Prose.
Turner, G. W.
Opinion, The Journal of the South Australian English Teacher's Assn., v11 n2 p14-9 Aug 1967
A delineation of the differences between speaking and writing should clarify the functions and possible future of prose. Speech has a speaker to provide language with inflectional stress and a visible audience to respond immediately to that language. On the other hand, prose ("an art of written language")--which is separated in time from an invisible, unknown audience--requires the controlled elaboration of complex thought, an analysis of the processes contributing that thought, and a synthesis of the experience of the writer and his audience. Prose today must also be artfully disguised as "just talk" to compete with the pervasiveness and informality of spoken language. Consequently, modern prose style no longer reflects the balanced emphasis of 18th-century literary constructions, but rather communicates a sense of personal immediacy often at the expense of articulate order, depending on the reader to supply far subtler effects than can be managed by either punctuation or structure. Prose of the future, instead of competing with spoken language to gain an audience, should concentrate on its own best task of preserving the ideals and permanent records of a literate community. (JB)
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