Topics in Language and Linguistics

Linguistics and Literacy

Editors: Frawley, William (Ed.)

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William Frawley University of Delaware Several years ago, I performed a kind of perverse experiment. I showed, to several linguistic colleagues, the following comment made by Walker Percy (in The Message in the Bottle): language is too important a problem to be left only to linguists. The linguists' responses were peculiarly predictable: "What does Percy know? He's a mercenary outsider, a novelist, a psychiatrist! How can he say something like that?" Now, it should be known that the linguists who said such things in response were ardent followers of the linguistic vogue: to cross disciplines at whim for the sake of explanation---any explanation. It was odd, to say the least: Percy was damned by the very people who agreed with him! Fortunately, the papers in this book, though radically interdisciplinary, do not fall prey to the kind of hypocrisy described above. The papers (from the Third Delaware Symposium on Language Studies) address the question of literacy---a linguistic problem too important to be left only to linguists--but many of the authors are not linguists at all, and those who are linguists have taken the care to see beyond the parochialism of a single discipline. The subsequent papers have been written by psychologists, linguists, anthropologists, computer scientists, and language teachers to explain the problem of how humans develop, comprehend, and produce extended pieces of informa­ tion (discourses and texts).

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Frawley, William

    Pages 1-3

  • The Literate Writes and the Nonliterate Chants: Written Language and Ritual Communication in Sociolinguistic Perspective

    Akinnaso, F. Niyi

    Pages 7-36

  • The Myth of Orality and Literacy

    Tannen, Deborah

    Pages 37-50

  • Soviet Psycholinguistics: Implications for Teaching of Writing

    Zebroski, James Thomas

    Pages 51-63

  • Universal Grammar and Composition: Relativization, Complementation, and Quantification

    Frawley, William

    Pages 65-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Linguistics and Literacy
Editors
  • William Frawley
Series Title
Topics in Language and Linguistics
Copyright
1982
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-9302-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-9302-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4615-9304-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 496
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