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Standard English : The Widening Debate - Tony Bex

Standard English

The Widening Debate

By: Tony Bex

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The debates surrounding "Standard English", grammar and correctness are as intense today as ever and extend far beyond an academic context, as shown by the Ebonics controversy in Oakland, California. Standard English: The Widening Debate draws together leading international scholars who place these debates in a historical, social and international context. Standard English traces the notion of "Standard English" from the practices of late 17th century grammarians to the present day and explores the definitions of "Standard English", with particular attention paid to distinctions between spoken and written English. The authors also show how "Standard English" is viewed very differently in the US versus Britain and reveal how it is used as a marker for different forms of social discrimination. An accessible, important work, Standard English is essential to anyone interested in language and discrimination.

9. The names of US English: Valley girl, cowboy, yankee, normal, nasal and ignorant / Laura C. Hartley and Dennis R. Preston. 10. Functions and forms of English in a European EFL country / Bent Preisler. 11. Curiouser and curiouser: Falling standards in the standard English debate / Tony Crowley.

ISBN: 9780203054062
ISBN-10: 2370005391082
Format: PDF
Language: English
Published: 18th February 1999