|Short description:||McCarthy & Carter's "Spoken grammar: what is it and how can we teach it?"|
|Medium description:||McCarthy & Carter's "Spoken grammar: what is it and how can we teach it?"|
Suggests that the prestige given to written language and the consequent lack of an adequate grammar of spoken English has the negative result "of producing speakers of English who can only speak like a book, because their English is modelled on an almost exclusively written version of the language" (p.207). Takes examples of the Nottingham Corpus of spoken English to illustrate some features typical of spoken grammar. Ends with 2 recommendations:
- that more analysis of spoken language should be done alongside a re-assessment of written and spoken language texts as being on "a continuum from spoken to written, so that we can properly describe one text as being more 'speakerly' or 'writerly' than another" (p.216)
- that PPP may be a less useful method of introducing spoken grammar than III ('Illustration-Interaction-Induction').