Standard English: The Widening Debate

Standard English: The Widening Debate

by Tony Bex, Richard J. Watts
     
 

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

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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.

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Language scholars from Europe and the US contribute to the debate on the grammar and correctness now raging inside and outside academia. They trace the notion from the 17th century to the present, explore the various definitions of it, demonstrate the peculiar US view of it as a class marker, and consider the relevance of the concept in the world context. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415191630
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/31/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

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