Giving voice : studies in honour of Christine Anthonissen

Oostendorp, Marcelyn (2016)

CITATION: Oostendorp, M. 2016. Giving voice : studies in honour of Christine Anthonissen. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus, 49:i-v, doi:10.5842/49-0-708.

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INTRODUCTION: The central concern of this special issue is the notion of ‘voice’. Although widely used in humanities research, this concept is not without contestation. Sperling, Appleman, Gilyard and Freedman (2011:71) state that voice is seen as “fuzzy, slippery” and “hard to define”. Within literacy studies, for example, voice has come to represent concepts such as ‘authorship’, ‘the self in text and discourse’ and ‘writing style’ (Sperling et al. 2011:70). Despite these different usages the concept remains popular, partly because it offers “an engaging metaphor for human agency and identity” (Sperling et al. 2011: 70).

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