Differences Between Spoken and Written Personal Narratives


This paper examines how the same story is narrated in written and spoken modalities of discourse. Comparisons focus on the linguistic features relating to overall qualities of speech and text features, semantic structures and internal structures. The paper finds that the tradition from spoken to written English expressions involves a change in lexical items, syntactic and textual organizations as well as move structures. In spite of differences displayed, dimensions between the two modes of discourse are on scales of variation rather than at dichotomous poles. The study finds that the tradition assumption about low content and formlessness characterized with spoken discourse needs further investigation because different types of discourse may bear different grammatical intricacy. The paper reveals and offers accounts for the strategies emerging in the narrative telling. Findings drawn from this mini study are tentative. It is hoped that the research method will shed new light for future research.


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