The difference between written and spoken language

http://sententiaeantiquae.com/2019/04/07/the-difference-between-dialogues-and-letters/

I rather liked this post because while I can be quite pedantic when it comes to written language; I’m not always quite so when it comes to speech. I can of course be informal in writing and formal in speech if the occasion commands it.

Do you have any such conventions in your language?

Best wishes

Angela

Comments

13 comments on “The difference between written and spoken language”
  1. maylynno says:

    I agree with on the pedantic language when it is written. But I see more and more that people prefer the easy reading, which pushes me to write less pedantic and formal. Maybe sometimes breaking some rules is good after all.

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    1. Yes it’s promoted as being one of the ways to get more followers writing in an easier style. You don’t have to but you can only stem the tide for so long until you capitulate.

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  2. Weiss-Nix says:

    I guess, my writing style can be compared with an informal dialogue. I am less pedantic. Admittedly,

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    1. Weiss-Nix says:

      …also because my English skills are limited. In German language I am much more flexible and expressive. But in my view the writing style is not necessarily a question of quality but of personal preference and objectives.

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      1. If it works for you then you shouldn’t have to change to accommodate everyone else.

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    2. Fair enough. Whatever suits is fine by me.

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  3. benjaminlee says:

    What does “pedantic” mean?

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    1. It’s a very British term that describes a person that is overly concerned with minor details. Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang theory would be a good example of this as everything has to be just so. It’s an obsession almost like the search for perfection.

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      1. benjaminlee says:

        Very nice. Thank you!

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        1. Your welcome. I’m glad you asked and I was able to assist you here.

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          1. benjaminlee says:

            Perfectionism is a challenge for so many. While we strive for excellence, it’s good also to recognize how challenging it can be to be perfect at everything. It’s not going to happen.

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          2. Yes that is true and we have to recognise that while striving for perfection is the ideal; it can take up too much of our time. It’s about the correct level for the situation at hand. If the recipient will not appreciate that level then is it necessary to go that far?

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