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    Re: Is there a grammar of spoken English?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It shows features of spoken language and uses visual features, which have never been an accepted party of written English,
    That's right. Just ask Emily Dickinson.

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    #22

    Re: Is there a grammar of spoken English?

    I meant emos and ASCII art, which I don't think Emily was heavily into, though I could be wrong.

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    Re: Is there a grammar of spoken English?

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    I meant emos and ASCII art, which I don't think Emily was heavily into, though I could be wrong.
    Emma was heavily into solitude.


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    #24

    Re: Is there a grammar of spoken English?

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    Wherever words combine, there is grammar. While it may not have been codified to anything like the extent of written language, that doesn't not nullify its existence- a place doesn't only exist once it has been mapped.
    What does Tdol mean by the bolded part?

    Also, in my GMAT reading, I came to read that 'that' shouldn't be placed after ','. But I see that happening at lot of places. Please explain this.

    thanks.

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    Re: Is there a grammar of spoken English?

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    What does Tdol mean by the bolded part?

    Also, in my GMAT reading, I came to read that 'that' shouldn't be placed after ','. But I see that happening at lot of places. Please explain this.

    thanks.
    Look at it this way, Hyderabad would exist even if it wasn't on a map.

    As for ',that ' a lot of things that "shouldn't be done" in language, are done.

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    #26

    Re: Is there a grammar of spoken English?

    Claiming that speech is inchoate just because the corpus contains mumbles is like saying the written language has no grammar because first drafts are a mess of strikeouts and insertions. Even so, to make the parallel complete, the first drafts need to be augmented with notations of the pauses every time writer's block hit.

    Whether the written language and the spoken share the same grammar is moot. More importantly, most people seek to write as they speak; and to speak as the writers who have captured their imagination, even if on the big or small screen, write.

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