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Vernacular eloquence : what speech can bring to writing

Author: Peter Elbow
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, cop. 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A writing guide for the twenty-first century, Vernacular Eloquence explores how the variety of ways the spoken word can enhance the written word, drawing on examples from blogs, email, and other  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Elbow
ISBN: 9780199782505 0199782504 9780199782512 0199782512
OCLC Number: 813639141
Awards: Commended for PROSE (Language/Linguistics) 2012
Description: XI, 442 str. : ilustr. ; 25 cm
Contents: Speaking and writing as they are used: the role of culture --
What's good about writing --
Speaking as a process: what can it offer writing? --
Speech as a product: nine virtues in careless unplanned spoken language that can significantly improve careful writing --
Intonation: a virtue for writing at the root of everyday speech --
Can we really have the best of both worlds? --
What is speaking onto the page and how does freewriting teach it? --
Where else do we see unplanned speaking onto the page? --
Considering objections to speaking onto the page --
The need for care: easy speaking onto the page is never enough --
Revising by reading aloud: what the mouth and ear know --
How does revising by reading aloud actually work? --
Punctuation: living with two traditions --
Good enough punctuation by careful reading aloud and listening --
How speech can improve the organization of writing: form as energy --
Summary chapter: the benefits of speaking onto the page and reading aloud --
How our culture of proper literacy tries to exclude speech --
A new culture of vernacular literacy on the horizon --
Appendices: I. How freewriting went from dangerous to no big deal in the composition and rhetoric community --
II. A sampling of published writing in non-mainstream varieties of English.
Responsibility: Peter Elbow.

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Elbow is his own best argument for speaking onto the page: His voice is both authoritative and affable, conversational and professorial. * Erin McKean, International Herald Tribune *

 
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