Spoken and written language

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Oxford University Press, 1989 - Foreign Language Study - 109 pages
This books identifies the important differences between speaking and writing. Halliday leads the reader from the development of speech in infancy, through an account of writing systems, to a comparative treatment of spoken and written language, contrasting the prosodic features and grammatical intricacy of speech with the high lexical density and grammatical metaphor or writing.

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Development of speech
Evolutionary interpretations
From picture to character

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Common terms and phrases

About the author (1989)

Halliday was trained in Chinese for war service with the British Army; studied China, taught Chinese in Britain for a number of years, then moved into linguistics, becoming in 1965 Professor of General Linguistics at University College of London.