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Book: Choice in Language

Chapter: 9 Contentful and contentlight subject themes in informal spoken English and formal written English

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.21930


This chapter reports on part of a long term study which provides helpful information to teachers of English. The general purpose of the chapter is to offer an understanding of the differences between the informal spoken English that children grow up with and the formal English they will need to learn to write if they are to succeed in various careers.

Chapter Contributors

  • Margaret Berry ( - mberry)