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Copy of Spoken Grammar

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Leo Selivan

on 3 February 2013

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Spoken Grammar Leo Selivan
British Council Features of
Spoken Grammar Vagueness Repetition Ellipsis Discourse markers Formulaic expressions omission of one or more words in a clause
e.g. “Any luck?” instead of “Did you have any luck?” Went to France last week.
Really? Have a nice time?
Not bad. Saw Paris.
Did you go to the Eiffel Tower?
You said "did you". A:
C: Spent the whole weekend cleaning the house.
Took the kids to the Cinema City last night.
Very hot these days.
Ready to go? Suggested starters Why focus in class Natural sounding language


Highlight difference between registers important feature of discourse

help organise the talk

do not fit any traditional category O'Keeffe (2007) You know? I mean... Well... Mind you... Levelling out Formal Informal Heads
Tails That t-shirt there, how much is it?
It's a funny place, this town Let's see Discourse markers - So what are you up to tonight?
- Not much, really. What about you?
- Fancy going to the cinema?
- Why not? What's on?
- Stallone's new one.
- What time?
- Eight 7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Dialogue Forbidden words "Vague language is more likely to be the sign of a skilled and sensitive speaker than a lazy one" Carter & McCarthy (2006, p. 202) ‘standard features of informal spoken grammar’ Carter & McCarthy, (2006, p. 192) "stored and retrieved whole from memory at the time of use, rather than being subject to generation or analysis by the language grammar" Wray (2002, p. 9) Three views Spoken English has no grammar at all
Spoken English = written English
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