What Is Conventional Writing?

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Conventional writing is a type of formal writing style, used by many academic disciplines, that has a specific set of rules governing grammar, proper use and organization. Conventional writing is writing taught in academic settings. This style of writing differs slightly among the various academic disciplines, and writing formats are slightly different for the humanities than the sciences.

Conventional writing derives from Old English, which arose nearly 10 centuries ago. Modern conventional writing shares some characteristics in linguistic structure with Old English, but has also undergone considerable changes since then in the areas of morphology, syntax and vocabulary. Conventional writing varies in structure within the fields of academia, and differs among nations as well.