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Revisiting speech vs. writing in the age of the Internet: Literacy Research Discussion Group

Date: 8 February 2011 Time: 1.00 pm -

Venue: C89 (meeting room 7) County South

As long as people have been interested in thinking about language, the divide between speech and writing has been much debated. Contemporary researchers of language online are often taking the view that digital literacies entail a new reworking of distinctions. In this presentation I will give a brief history of some of the theorising of relationships between orality and literacy, outlining some of the arguments I have found particularly compelling. I will then argue that rather than opening up innovative points of view much contemporary work on language online is suffering from a damaging confusion. Finally in this exploratory paper I will attempt to map out some ways forward.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Associated staff: Julia Gillen

Organising departments and research centres: Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Digital literacies, Internet, Linguistics, Literacy, Writing (general)


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