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Relations Between Oral Language and Literacy

  1. Anne Haas Dyson

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1002

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Dyson, A. H. 2012. Relations Between Oral Language and Literacy. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

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  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


One might expect oral and written language to be perceived as having an intimate relationship, born of their kinship as modes of verbal communication. Quite the opposite is the case: one mode or the other has reigned supreme. This contentious relationship is not just a matter of scholarly interest. Ultimately, views of this relationship have consequences for the formal education of children and youth.


  • language in the classroom;
  • identity;
  • literacy;
  • sociocultural language studies;
  • writing