The Language of Speech and Writing

By Sandra Cornbleet, Ronald Carter

© 2001 – Routledge

144 pages

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pub: 2001-06-07
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About the Book

This accessible satellite textbook in the Routledge Intertext series is unique in offering students hands-on practical experience of textual analysis focused on speech and writing. Written in a clear, user-friendly style, it combines practical activities with texts, accompanied by commentaries and suggestions for further study. It can be used individually or in conjunction with the series core textbook Working With Texts: A core introduction to language analysis.

Aimed at A and AS Level and beginning undergraduate students, the Language of Speech and Writing:

* Analyses the processes involved in writing and speaking

* Highlights the differences between these two modes of communication

* Explores written texts from recipes to legal language, spoken texts from telephone conversations to interviews and mixed-mode texts from email to adverts

* Compares and contrasts spoken and written texts on the same theme


'Would easily capture the attention of students new to language study … an excellent introduction to text and discourse analysis, liable to stir up interest in the workings of the texts that surround us daily.' - Laurel Smith Stvan, University of Texas at Arlington, USA

About the Authors

Sandra Cornbleet is a part-time Lecturer at Nottingham University and Examiner for various English Language examination boards. Ronald Carter is Professor of Modern English Language at Nottingham University and author of numerous books in the area of applied linguistics. He is also involved in developing the CANCODE project, which is a corpus of five million words of spoken English transcribed and stored computationally.

About the Series


The series consists of a foundation text, Working With Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis, which looks at language aspects essential for the analysis of texts, and a range of satellite texts. These apply aspects of language to a particular topic area in more detail. They complement the core text and can also be used alone, providing the user has the foundation skills provided by the core text.
Benefits of using this series:
* Unique - written by a team of respected teachers and practitioners whose ideas and activities have also been trialled independently
* Multi-disciplinary - provides a foundation for the analysis of texts, supporting students who want to achieve a detailed focus on language
* Accessible - no previous knowledge of language analysis is assumed
* Comprehensive - wide coverage of different genres: literary texts, notes, memos, signs, advertisements, leaflets, speeches, conversation
* Student-friendly - contains suggestions for further reading; activities relating to texts studied; commentaries after activities; key terms highlighted and an index of terms
This accessible series, written by an outstanding team of authors, experienced in language teaching, curriculum development, examining and writing, provides ideas and activities arising from experience and practice. Each title has multi-disciplinary appeal but will be particularly useful to A-Level students and teachers and to undergraduates of English Language, Linguistics or English Literature. They will also be of interest to teachers and students of EFL and ESL language courses.
Foundation coursebook:
Working With Texts: A Core Book for Language Analysis, Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard, Maggie Bowring, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger
Satellite titles:
The Language of Advertising Angela Goddard, The Language of Fiction Keith Sanger, The Language of Humour Alison Ross, The Language of Newspapers Danuta Reah, The Language of Poetry John McRae, The Language of Sport Adrian Beard.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General