* A Critical Introduction
- The main paradigm in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics has been to view the oral and literate in terms of a bifurcation . The present study explores the interrelation between the two discourse genres . It attempts to show that features that are typical of both speaking and writing are deployed in the discourse of letters Thus, this study complements and supplements Negm ( 1995 ) .
- Whereas Negm ( 1995 ) examines an oral genre to point out features of writing that surface in it, Negm ( 1996 ) marks features of orality in a chirographically-based genre .
- Frawley sees orality and literacy as a gradiance . Hence, he traces the evolution of the non-textual into textual and finally into the intertext .
- Murray ( 1988 ) has demonstrated that oral defenses of dissertations, although spoken, may be " highly integrated and personal " . Similarly, Tannen ( 1985 ) analysed written discourse with a view to investigating closely the " mixing of oral and literate strategies in written narrative showing that written discourse can be based on features previously associated with spoken discourse ". And finally, Tannen ( 1989 ) examines the link between literary and spoken language . She exhibits that strategies such as repetition, imagery, and quoted dialogue are employed in everyday conversation .
- Ehri ( 1985 ) broadened the spectrum of the interrelation between the two modes by exploring it in a pedagogical framework . Ehri concludes that...