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By Graham Furniss

Oral communique is kind of diversified in its spontaneity and communicative energy from textual and visible verbal exchange. Culturally-bounded expectancies of how of conversing and person creativity give you the spark that could ignite revolution or calm the soul. This publication explores, from a cross-cultural point of view, the centrality of orality within the ideological techniques that dominate public discourse, offering a counterbalance to the debates that foreground literacy and the facility of written conversation.

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The sentence is replete with resonances as it focuses upon the effect of words spoken by Mrs Thatcher in giving expression to an attitude which he has been at pains to describe through his speech. Those spoken words risk, as he puts it, tragedy. His personal ‘tragedy’ was real, as evidenced by his presence on the back benches; that of his party was to come in the fractious decline over the European issue, and, as some in the party would see it, in the very fact of this speech itself; the tragedy for ‘our whole people’ would be a potential decline in relation to other European countries; and the tragedy for the prime minister would be played out in her departure from power, induced in no small part by the effect of this speech itself.

At the same time, the lecture notes may provide the teacher with a guide as to what issues to cover, but he or she may find that it is in the moment of creative articulation that a new way of putting it, a divergent spontaneous afterthought, creeps up onto familiar territory and displaces the speaker’s own expectations. Flummoxed or stimulated, the teacher realizes that there was the same kind of originality in the moment of expression that he or she paid good money for when going to the theatre on the previous night – the words were familiar but the play was the thing with which to ‘catch the conscience of the king’.

The groundwork is laid in the early part of the speech by the invocation of the The Oral Communicative Moment 39 record of joint achievement (paras 4–8). Acknowledging the role of the leader, Sir Geoffrey’s first paragraphs outline ‘our’ achievements under ‘her leadership’; for all present during that speech the remarkable record of ‘teamwork’ in which he and she had participated was well known. Time and again, members of the Cabinet had produced and reiterated the same line on any issue of significance.

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