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Author's View of Language in Paragraph 7

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Preface to the English Dictionary

Johnson, Samuel. "Preface to the English Dictionary." A Dictionary of the English Language. London: n.p., 1755. N. pag. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.

Based on paragraph 7 (lines 57-70), which of the following statements BEST capture the author’s views regarding written and spoken language?

A

Written language preserves the wisdom of oral traditions for eternity.

B

Written language favors the elite, whereas spoken language serves the needs of all.

C

Written language moves an audience emotionally much less than does spoken language.

D

Written language lends itself to misinterpretation more than spoken language.

E

Written language systematizes the chaos of spoken language.