Iscuss how and why spoken and written English texts may differ from each other linguistically.
1). THE ESSAY QUESTION TASK
Drawing on a comparison of the letter sent to G.D. Jayalakshmi and the conversation between Lorina and Karen, Discuss how and why spoken and written English texts may differ from each other linguistically.
2). Always begin with an introduction setting out the main issues raised by the question and indicating how you will approach them; concluding by summarizing your main findings and adding a bibliography listing the sources that you have used.
The first part of the essay task question requires you to analyse two primary source texts (one written, one spoken) and identify differences and similarities between them. You will need to link this comparison of specific texts clearly to the other, more general part of the question, considering differences between speech and writing as a whole.
As well as referring closely to linguistic features of the two specified texts, you will probably find it useful to draw on further examples of spoken and written sources as given in the course materials and/or from personal experience, in order to support your claims.
NOTE you are also asked to discuss reasons for the differences between spoken and written texts; a critical and careful evaluation of possible explanations will be important for obtaining the higher pass grades. In doing so please bare in mind on clear focus on the question and clear overall direction of answer. Support arguments by appropriate linguistic evidence; good analysis interpretation. Clear and fluent expression; all sources of evidence appropriately acknowledged and referenced.
THE ESSAY MUST MERIT at least B GRADE
BOOKS REQUIRED FOR ESSAY
Using English from Conversation to Canon by Janet Maybin and Neil Mercer
READINGS: Chapter 1 Using English from conversation to canon, especially sections 1.2 and 1.3 on the structure, functions and varying contexts of everyday conversation;
Chapter 2 of Using English from conversation to canon especially sections 2.2 and 2.3
Figure 2.1 on page 46 of Using English from conversation to canon
Describing Language 2nd Edition, Open University Press, McGraw-Hill Educiation,
by David Graddol, Jenny Cheshire and Joan Swann
Sections 6.3 and 7.2 of Describing Language, which provide further details on the structure of conversation and differences between speech and writing