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Features of academic writing

Complexity

Lexical density

Written English generally has a much denser pattern of  words, it is more lexically dense. If we define lexical density as the number of  content words in a clause, then written English has a higher lexical density than spoken English (Halliday, 1996, p. 347).

For example, the written text:

is more lexically dense than the spoken version:

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