“An outstanding introduction to discourse analysis of written language in an age that is more and more characterized by multilingual, digital, and generically hybrid texts. In an accessible style, Working with Written Discourse illustrates how these texts can be analyzed employing a wide variety of approaches that are critical, multidisciplinary, and productive.”

Speech and Writing: The Debate on Difference

Speech and Writing: The Debate on Difference

‘Written discourse’ encompasses many kinds of writing, and its diversity will be one theme of this book. But in a section devoted to ‘Preliminaries’, it is also necessary to consider what, if anything, distinguishes written discourse as a general category from the contrasting category of spoken discourse. ‘How is written language different from the spoken variety?’ has been a frequently asked question in linguistics. A related question—‘how do reading and writing make a person, or a culture, different?’—has been hotly debated by scholars across disciplines. In this chapter we discuss the varying, and sometimes opposing, views that have been advanced in this debate. We also ask how the form of written language is affected by the purposes ...

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