n English in Africa - Orality : The Power of the Spoken Word, by Graham Furniss : book review

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0376-8902



is an imaginative study of the dynamics of the evanescent oral communicative moment, and has much to contribute to studies of communication, literature, social anthropology and rhetoric. It investigates the simultaneity of articulation, perception and interpretation that constitutes and informs verbal exchange, and analyses the ways in which oral communication can confirm or redirect our actions and ideas. Central to Furniss's approach is his view that it is primarily through the spoken word that we negotiate (with) one another, inhabit private and public realms, and build moments of consensus that can lead to change.

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