Distinguish Spoken English from Written English: Rich Feature Analysis

Xiufeng Tian


This article aims at the feature analysis of four expository essays (Text A/B/C/D) written by secondary school students with a focus on the differences between spoken and written language. Texts C and D are better written compared with the other two (Texts A&B) which are considered more spoken in language using. The language features are discussed mainlyin three aspects (which are most salient among the four texts): nominalization, lexical density and grammatical intricacy, and personal pronouns.Through the analysis, the discrepancy between spoken and written language is highlighted. Some relevant pedagogical implications are subsequently drawnand expected to be helpful to thoseteaching academic writing.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/elt.v6n7p72

English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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