The features of written language and speech

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Raeesah Adam

The features of written language and speech

In English language there are two different ways of actually presenting language. These are written language and speech. These two factors of speech both include many different features between themselves. These features are mostly opposite to each other as they are completely different ways of presenting language.

Written language is structured into paragraphs unlike general speech which is hardly thought about before being said and is flowing naturally. There is also syntax used in writing as sentences are structured as more time and thought is put into writing, however in speech, sentences are less structured and there are a variety of short and long sentences. Punctuation is not used in speech as we acquire the language naturally, whereas in written language there are many different punctuation symbols which are used to identify certain things for instance: pauses, lists, a signal for speech and also many other symbols, this creates a certain effect which allows a reader to read a piece of writing with pace and fluency.

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When speaking not much thought is put into it as in most general conversations speech is spontaneous, which follows onto the use of less formal words in English language. These words are known as slang words as they are not officially words in the English language however they are words which English people use. These words also known as dialect tend to change from different regions in the country just like accents do. However, when writing the language used becomes contradictory to speech as it is very much formal in most situations and it leaves less opportunity for regional ...

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