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The Interface between the Written and the Oral : Studies in Literacy, the Family, Culture and the State - Jack Goody

The Interface between the Written and the Oral

Studies in Literacy, the Family, Culture and the State

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Published: 7th September 1987
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Whilst the fundamental significance of the spoken language for human interaction is widely acknowledged, that of writing is less well known, and in this wide-ranging series of essays Jack Goody examines in depth the complex and often confused relationship between oral and literate modes of communication. He considers the interface between the written and the oral in three cultures or societies with and without writing, and that within the linguistic life of an individual. Specific analyses of the sequence of historical change within writing systems, the historic impact of writing upon Eurasian cultures, and the interaction between distinct oral and literate cultures in West Africa, precede an extensive concluding examination of contemporary issues in the investigation, whether sociological or psychological, of literacy. A substantial corpus of anthropological, historical and linguistic evidence is produced in support of Goody's findings, which form a natural complement to his own recently published study of The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society.

List of figures and tablesp. viii
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Writing and the Alphabetp. 1
The historical development of writingp. 3
Writing and designp. 3
Proto-writingp. 8
Early writing systemsp. 18
Logographic writingp. 29
The development of phonetic transcriptionp. 37
The alphabetp. 40
The unity and diversity of alphabetsp. 49
The implications of graphic systemsp. 53
The Influence of Early Forms of Writingp. 57
Literacy and achievement in the Ancient Worldp. 59
Africa, Greece and oral poetryp. 78
Memory and verbatim memoryp. 86
Oral composition and oral transmissionp. 91
Heroic societies and the epicp. 96
Oral composition and oral transmission: the case of the Vedasp. 110
Written and Oral Cultures in West Africap. 123
The impact of Islamic writing on oral culturesp. 125
Oral recitationsp. 127
Writing and magico-religious activityp. 129
Time and spacep. 132
Literacy and the non-literate: the impact of European schoolingp. 139
Postscriptp. 147
Alternative paths to knowledge in oral and literate culturesp. 148
Traditional knowledge among the LoDagaap. 149
The growth of knowledgep. 155
Three modes of acquiring knowledgep. 156
Literacyp. 157
Two paths to knowledge as social controlp. 161
Conclusionsp. 164
Memory and learning in oral and literate cultures: the reproduction of the Bagrep. 167
Memory and the Bagrep. 167
Verbatim memory in oral culturesp. 174
Schools and memoryp. 182
Conclusionp. 189
Writing and formal operations: a case study among the Vai (with Michale Cole and Sylvia Scribner)p. 191
The writings of Ansumana Soniep. 196
Writing and its Impact on Individuals in Societyp. 209
The interface between the sociological and psychological analysis of literacyp. 211
Achievement in the Vai scriptp. 211
Vygotsky and the psychological analysis of Vai literacyp. 214
Varieties of script and varieties of traditionp. 217
Logic and logical reasoningp. 219
Mediated and unmediated implicationsp. 221
Literacy effects in the Vai studyp. 223
The shift from abilities to skillsp. 226
Memory and writingp. 234
Schoolsp. 236
The experimental methodp. 244
Culture and cognitionp. 245
Abilities, capacities and skillsp. 246
Cultural resources and individual attainmentp. 251
Psychological texts and practical actionp. 252
The internal-external problemp. 253
Language and writingp. 258
Linguists and the written languagep. 261
Three dimensions of the written and the spokenp. 262
The written and spoken registers comparedp. 263
Grammar and rulesp. 265
Individual performance in the two registersp. 266
Divergences between the written and oral registersp. 270
Cross-word puzzlesp. 272
Other grapho-linguistic techniques of cognitive operationp. 274
Lists and categoriesp. 275
The empty-boxp. 275
Reordering informationp. 276
Arithmetical operationsp. 277
The syllogismp. 278
Writing and diglossiap. 279
Class and registerp. 283
Recapitulationsp. 290
Notesp. 301
Bibliographyp. 306
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9780521337946
ISBN-10: 0521337941
Series: Studies in Literacy, the Family, Culture and the State
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 7th September 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.45