Is it true that typical speech and typical writing have many different qualities with respect to medium, function and form?

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Ali Rajani                Group C

“Is it true that typical speech and typical writing have many different qualities with respect to medium, function and form? However, is it equally true that, in out our communicative experiences, the two modes nearly always are richly working together or are creatively haunting each other? They are helpful friends not opposing foes!” Discuss this statement.

In writing this essay, I am only using one mode. Using the full sentences, I can explain and identify that this essay will use the written mode although I am writing about typical speech and typical writing. The statement above is written in typical writing mode, although it contains speech marks which indicate that it is a comment which is typical speech, is true. Both typical speech and typical writing have positive and negative aspects to them.

        Both, typical speech and typical writing have many qualities – many different to one another and some are similar- with respect to the medium of each mode. The word ‘medium’, which of course is an example of typical writing as it is typed on this paper, basically means ‘the functionally distinct dimension in which a message is transmitted’.

        Typical speech is made up of disturbances in the air whilst typical writing is made up of marks on a surface – such as this full stop at the end of this sentence. Many body parts such as the lungs, mouth, tongue, and vocal organs produce typical speech. Typical writing is produced by the hand, or the finger with which I am typing this essay. Overall, the ear perceives typical speech and helps us understand what has just been spoken in typical speech, whilst the eyes perceive what is been written in typical writing. Typical speech is organised in time and typical writing is organised in space.

        The difference in medium leads to the difference in functions. The functions of typical speech and typical writing vary a lot although they are parts of language – they are like two twins who have been brought up on two different planets. Typical speech is mostly transient, even with the inventions and development of the radio, tape recorder and television. This simply indicates that typical speech does not last for long; it cannot be sent and has a limited audience. On the contrary, typical writing does not last. Typical writing is relevantly permanence for presenting documents, sending information over long distances and also for mass production – such as a football match timetable or menu for a restaurant.

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        One of the great advantages of typical speech is that it is active in all aspects, it is ‘live’ and therefore there is a swift response – whether it is a grin on the face or a comment. Typical speech is crucially important in drawing people into a group to interact with one another; therefore it is also used far more.

        A huge advantage of using typical writing is that I can revise this essay and carefully structure it so I can get an A (hint, hint!). Typical writing has to be structured carefully because the addressee is absent ...

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