The Syntactic Style of Digital Orality

November 19th, 2007

Another aspect of digital orality style takes into consideration how meaning is established and to what extent grammar and syntax play into that.

“Chirographic structures look more to syntactics (organization of the discourse itself)…. Written discourse develops more elaborate and fixed grammar than oral discourse does because to provide meaning it is more dependant upon linguistic structure, since it lacks the normal full existential contexts which surround oral discourse and help determine meaning in oral discourse somewhat independently of grammar.” (Orality and Literacy. 38).

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