The sound of sense: On writing in natural language

Sally Whiting Tomlinson, Fordham University


The study explores issues of language and diversity in a pluralistic world from a socio-political and a psycho-linguistic viewpoint, as these relate to and impact upon questions of contemporary expression, education, social change, and personal growth in the late Twentieth Century, in the United States.^ Theories of language and consciousness, their relation to individual development, and their implications in terms of socio-political manipulation and control are reviewed in the light of current world trends and events, with dual focus on the persistence of difference and the dynamic of individual and collective choice in human lifeways. Uses of the vernacular in contemporary literature are seen as conveyances for the representation and affirmation of the pluralistic experience, a discovery and celebration of the universal in and through the particular.^ Appended are a sampler of pertinent cuttings from the popular press, from the year 1993; and an original novel--an introspective fictional account conveyed in the individual and idiosyncratic voice of a young woman coming of age in the United States in the early 1970s. ^

Subject Area

Education, Language and Literature|Language, Linguistics|Literature, English

Recommended Citation

Tomlinson, Sally Whiting, "The sound of sense: On writing in natural language" (1996). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI9708268.