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Standard English

The Widening Debate

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Standard English 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. Standard English: the widening debate draws together leading international scholars who confront the issues head on. Current deabtes about the teaching of English in the school curriculum and more general concerns about declining standards of English are placed in a historical, social and international context. Standard English: * traces the notion of 'Standard English' from its roots in the practices of late 17th century grammarians, through succeeding centuries to the present day * explores the definitions of 'Standard English', with particular attention paid to distinctions between spoken and written English * demonstrate that 'Standard English' is viewed very differently in the US and reveals how it is used as a marker for different forms of social discrimination, and draws on similar issues such as the English Only movement and Ebonics. Standard English: the widening debate is an accessible, seminal work which clarifies an increasingly confused topic. It is therefore essential reading for students of English, and English in Education, and will also appeal to anyone with an active interest in the English Language. Tony Bex, Ronald Carter, Jenny Cheshire, Tony Crowley, Hayley Davis, Laura C. Hartley, Jim Milroy, Lesley Milroy, Bent Preisler, Dennis R. Preston, Peter Trudgill and Richard J. Watts

Author Biography

Tony Bex is at the University of Kent. His previous publications includes Variety of Written English (1996). Richard J. Watts is at the University of Bern.
Release date NZ
February 18th, 1999
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
328
Dimensions
156x234x24
ISBN-13
9780415191630
Product ID
1739206

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