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The status of "standard English" has featured in linguistic, educational and cultural debates over decades. This second edition of Tony Crowley's historical analysis and account of the complex and sometimes polarised arguments driving the debate brings readers up-to-date, and ranges from the 1830s to Conservative education policies in the 1990s and on to the implications of the National Curriculum for English language teaching in schools. Students and researchers in literacy, the history of English language, cultural theory, and English language education should find this treatment comprehensive, carefully researched and lively reading.
TONY CROWLEY was born and grew up in Liverpool. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Southampton, Rutgers, Barcelona and San Diego. He is currently Professor of English at the University of Manchester. His publications include Proper English?, Language in History and The Politics of Language in Northern Ireland.