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ERIC Number: ED358448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 19
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Speculations on the Presence of Ear in Writing.
Davidson, Phebe
Composition teachers today are aware of the practice of differentiating between written and spoken language. The "basic writing" student often views written language as a nearly new language altogether. Therefore, it is increasingly important to recognize and codify not merely the disparity between speech and writing but also the profound connection between the two. Thought is simultaneously formulated and articulated in verbal utterances, and there is no way to know the thought in its full implication until it can be heard by the inner ear. The appropriation of speech and hearing terminology to the discussion of literary texts--or of writing--is supported by psychological research on the relationship of thought to language. When David Olson suggests that formal education is the process that fosters the ability to "speak a written language" he is exceedingly accurate. The problem for the writing teacher is the promulgation of appropriate conventions through the media of speech and hearing--of conversation in its broadest sense--which in turn creates and coexists with writing. (Contains 18 references.) (SAM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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