The Longman Grammar of Spoken and Written English (1999) is a contemporary reference grammar of English based on a large-scale corpus. The study of speech sounds (or spoken language) is the branch of linguistics known as phonetics. The study of sound changes in a language is phonology.
What are the features of spoken English?
Features of academic spoken English
• Variation in speed - but it is generally faster than writing.
• Loudness or quietness.
• Gestures - body language.
• Pitch range.
• Pausing and phrasing.
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