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Walter J. Ong Vast majority of human history? Spoken/oral language as the key Vast majority of human languages? Again, spoken/oral language as the key
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Writing transforms consciousness "Writing, commitment of the word to space, enlarges the potentiality of language almost beyond measure, restructures thought, and in the process converts a certain few dialects into 'grapholects'." (p. 46) Grapholect = written form of a language that encompasses many dialects Written English? According to Ong, "at least a million and a half words" (dead words too; word origins plotted) Solely oral languages? Words numbered in the thousands and tens of thousands (often only living words and word origins unknown: wakax)
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Reading Reading aloud? Transforms writing into sound Reading in our heads? Transforms writing into sounds in our heads --- In short, reading transforms writing into oral expression; writing depends on orality (and cannot exist without it)
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Prejudice against orality Our literary focus has led, especially in
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course ECON 102 taught by Professor Smith during the Spring '11 term at Saddleback.

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