Think on it:
In the absence of elaborate analytic categories that depend on writing to structure knowledge at a distance from lived experience, oral cultures must conceptualize and verbalize all their knowledge with more or less close reference to the human lifeworld, assimilating the alien, objective world to the more immediate, familiar interaction of human beings.
A chirographic (writing) culture and even more a typographic (print) culture can distance and in a way denature even the human, itemizing such things as the names of leaders and political divisions in an abstract, neutral list entirely devoid of a human action context.
An oral culture has no vehicle so neutral as a list. In the latter half of the second book, the Iliad presents the famous catalogue of the ships—over four hundred lines—which compiles the names of Grecian leaders and the regions they ruled, but in a total context of human action: the names of persons and places occur as involved in doings (Havelock 1963, pp. 176–80).
Orality and Literacy, Walter Ong
p. 42 (v) Close to the human lifeworld
Dropping in on Wayne Schiess of Legalwriting.net
then I’m off to see Allision C. Shields of the Legal Ease blog
Having lots of fun on my blog tour. Wish you were here–oh, you are!
Today I am visiting Raymond Ward’s the (new) legal writer.
Check out both Ray’s legal writng blog and Minor Wisdom where he explores modern culture and the blues.
At some point in her life, every woman –as a member of the Sisterhood– (even a presidential candidate) must host a Tupperware party.
On Saturday, July 26, 2008, every member of the Glitter Power Sisterhood must post a photo of her glitter toes. These are mine.
My current stop is with Terry Kaufman of Your English Success. Terry’s approach to improving communication in the English language is exemplified in this graphic from his website:
Thanks for the visit, Terry. I am honored to be a member of your advisory board.
Golly! I am having some kinda fun on my blog tour. Here are some blog stops I’ve made today:
The regularly scheduled stop,
at Lawsagna where Anastasia Pryanikova explores the world.
And a couple other stops:
Writers Editing Workshop
Steve has posted the interview with me. His interest is very much appreciated. Steve writes the Vancouver Law Librarian blog.
An addenda to the interview, my book is also available in paperback.
My world-wide blog tour continues:
Helping Clients Who Have Language Challenges (Personal Injury and Social Security)
Robert A. Kraft blog
Here is the Plain Language Wizard, all set for her blog tour.
Well, this is it. Today is the start of my blog tour with an interview by Jennifer N. Sawday.
I’m honored to be invited to such terrific blogs, like Anastasia Pryanikova’s Lawsagna, and Terry Kaufman’s Your English Success. See the whole list on my itinerary at http://plainlanguage.com/tour
And, if I have not mentioned it, my contest ends July 28. If you haven’t got your entry in, now is the time. http://plainlanguagelegalwriting.com/contest
One of the features of a letter is (or should be) the “call to action” at the end. This is one of the things that I discuss in my newly-released book that focuses on legal correspondence.
Today Allison C. Shields at Legal Ease Blog explores the role and offers examples of these calls in different types of writing.