David Olson

Wednesday, January 25, 12

Some of Olson’s Main Claims
1. Text is better than speech because it allows for selfconsciousness about language, about it’s use.
Wednesday, January 25, 12

Some of Olson’s Main Claims
2. Writing primary, speech secondary, because our ideas about speech are shaped by writing.
Wednesday, January 25, 12

Some of Olson’s Main Claims
3. Once you learn how to read it changes how you think about language and effects the way you think about what speech is.
Wednesday, January 25, 12

writing = model of speech

We read and hear speech in terms of the categories expressed in scripts.

Wednesday, January 25, 12

writing = model of speech
Writing systems are developed for communication, but they provide a model for language and thought because they can be read and interpreted.

Wednesday, January 25, 12

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Wednesday, January 25, 12

evidence, David?
Homeric Greeks (oral tradition) valued justice and courage (exemplified by gods). Classical Period Greeks (literate tradition) valued philosophy and reflection.
Wednesday, January 25, 12

evidence, David?
Words became things upon which to reflect; they no were no longer emblems (i.e. sheep). Writing is a model for speech production.
Wednesday, January 25, 12