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Tannen, Deborah F. 1980. Spoken/written language and the oral/literate continuum. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 6 : 207–218.
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T. suggests that the oral and literate tradition reflect two overriding communicative goals. The literate tradition entails an approach to discourse which emphasizes logical, analytical processes and focuses on the content of the message, whereas the oral tradition emphasizes the interpersonal function and demands a maximum contribution from the audience in terms of supplying sociocultural knowledge and background information.