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This chapter provides a selective survey of previous research on linguistic differences between speech and writing, focusing especially on corpus-based research showing how the modes differ in their linguistic potential. Discourse in the spoken mode relies on verbs and clauses, including a dense use of finite dependent clauses, while discourse in informational written prose relies on nouns and adjectives, with a greater density of phrases than clauses. In addition, spoken registers (regardless of communicative purpose) employ a restricted range of linguistic styles, whereas writers can employ a wide range of linguistic styles depending on the purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Research on Writing, Second Edition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780429795718
ISBN (Print)9781138345232
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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