Standard English: The Widening Debate

Standard English: The Widening Debate

by Tony Bex, Richard J. Watts
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415191629

ISBN-13: 9780415191623

Pub. Date: 04/16/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Standard English draws together the leading international scholars in the field, who confront the debates surrounding 'Standard English', grammar and correctness head-on.
These debates are as intense today as ever and extend far beyond an academic context. Current debates about the teaching of English in the school curriculum and concerns about declining

Overview

Standard English draws together the leading international scholars in the field, who confront the debates surrounding 'Standard English', grammar and correctness head-on.
These debates are as intense today as ever and extend far beyond an academic context. Current debates about the teaching of English in the school curriculum and concerns about declining standards of English are placed in a historical, social and international context. Standard English:
* explores the definitions of 'Standard English', with particular attention to distinctions between spoken and written English
* traces the idea of 'Standard English' from its roots in the late seventeenth century through to the present day.
This is an accessible, seminal work which clarifies an increasingly confused topic. It includes contributions from: Ronald Carter, Jenny Cheshire, Tony Crowley, James Milroy, Lesley Milroy and Peter Trudgill.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415191623
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/16/1999
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1510L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tablesvii
List of contributorsix
Introduction1
Part IPerspectives on the history and ideology of 'Standard English'
Introduction to Part I13
1The consequences of standardisation in descriptive linguistics16
2The social construction of Standard English: Grammar writers as a 'discourse community'40
3Typography, lexicography and the development of the idea of 'standard English'69
4Representations of English in twentieth-century Britain: Fowler, Gowers and Partridge89
Part IIPerspectives on the spoken language
Introduction to Part II113
5Standard English: What it isn't117
6Spoken standard English129
7Standard grammars, spoken grammars: Some educational implications149
Part IIIPerspectives from outside the UK
Introduction to Part III169
8Standard English and language ideology in Britain and the United States173
9The names of US English: Valley girl, cowboy, yankee, normal, nasal and ignorant207
10Functions and forms of English in a European EFL country239
Epilogue269
11Curiouser and curiouser: Falling standards in the standard English debate271
Bibliography283
Index299

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