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What differences are there between spoken and written language?

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tuhinzia | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM via web

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What differences are there between spoken and written language?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted August 2, 2012 at 6:45 PM (Answer #1)

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There is often a vast difference in the grammatical and cultural rules for speaking and writing in any given language.  In English for instance, we tend to speak far more casually than we write.  Certain slang and contractions might be acceptable when a person is speaking and yet unacceptable when written on paper.  There is also a difference in how words sound when they are said and how they are written.  One example can be found in homophones.  These are words that we pronounce exactly the same but are spelled differently such as pin and pen.  An example of a grammatical difference might be the use of pauses and commas.  When we speak, we don't always pause in the same place we would put a comma in our writing.  Technically, we should pause at a comma when we are reading, but again this isn't always the case.  With the popularity of texting and other technologies, written language has suffered grammatically in other ways.  The spoken sentence "on my way" has become "omw" and the word "you" is often written "u".  While such shortened phrases, misspelling, and acronyms are technically grammatically incorrect, they do highlight a key point in the difference between speaking and writing.  One does not often say "lol" but rather something along the lines of "that was funny".  In any language, there will be differences between the spoken language and the written language.

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ruthmary | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 2, 2012 at 11:33 AM (Answer #2)

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Speaking and writing has a vast difference..if u can write it doesnt means u can speak but if u can speak its sure for you to write.sometimes it happens that we can write something very fluently but same thing we cannot speak properly.. SO,we should speak before we write.......

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