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ERIC Number: ED098570
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 24
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Looking into the Characteristics of Spoken and Written English: A Report on the On-Going Applied Linguistic Projects of the Research Division, Directorate of Studies, Staff Development Branch, Public Service Commission of Canada.
Chiu, Rosaline K.
In the last 15 years much attention has been devoted to the identification and description of varieties (register and style) of language within the same speech community. The Research Section, Directorate of Studies, Staff Development Branch, Public Service Commission of Canada carried out three TESL-oriented linguistic studies on the characteristics of written and spoken English that federal government employees used at work. The first study demonstrated to what extent register exercised constraints on the native speakers' selection of lexical verbs structures in speech and in writing. In this study the lexical verb types of administrative correspondence and boardroom discussion were analyzed. The second project involved a syntactic analysis of 10,000 spoken sentences and over 5,000 written sentences. A tagmemic model analyzed the sentence and its parts in terms of both function and form. The third project analyzed over 130,000 words of spoken English to isolate a range of fixed expressions used for such purposes as capturing attention, holding the floor in conversation, providing encouragement and feedback, and so on. It was hoped that the findings would contribute to more comprehensive course design and more effective teaching. (HOD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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