On the Similarities Between Spoken and Written Language

  title={On the Similarities Between Spoken and Written Language},
  author={F. N. Akinnaso},
  journal={Language and Speech},
  pages={323 - 359}
This paper challenges both the theoretical assumptions and the quantitative method underlying comparative studies of spoken and written language and proposes a sociolinguistic model that relates linguistic forms to macro-sociological contexts, communicative goal, and function. Drawing upon data derived from oral ritual communication in nonliterate societies and adopting a comparative, meta-analytical approach, the paper provides evidence for basic similarities in form and function between… Expand

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