Differences Between Spoken & Written Languages


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What is the most basic unit of spoken language?

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1. Why is speech considered less prestigious than writing?

2. Historically, what is the difference between spoken language and written language regarding audiences?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These multiple-choice questions will assess how much you know about the differences between spoken and written languages. Key topics include a basic unit of spoken language and the reason writing is more highly revered than speech.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Determine what you know about the following:

  • Historical differences between written and spoken languages with regards to audiences
  • The way in which spoken and written languages are related
  • Written language that uses one symbol to depict an entire word

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast written and spoken languages
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the most basic unit of a spoken language and the reason writing is considered to be more prestigious than speech
  • Making connections - use your understanding of spoken languages and their connection to written languages

Additional Learning

Learn more about languages with the lesson called Differences Between Spoken & Written Languages. These topics will be considered:

  • Theories associated with the origins of written and spoken languages
  • Permanence of written languages
  • Spoken language that's learned from infancy
  • Structure and standardization that differs between writing and speech
  • Dialects of different social groups