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Authority in Language: Investigating Standard English (Third by Lesley Milroy

By Lesley Milroy

This booklet has a very good music list; of its variety its the simplest out there. - Deborah Cameron, collage of Strathclyde This influential and well-known e-book has been largely revised and contains a new bankruptcy on linguistic discrimination at the foundation of sophistication, race and ethnicity. different themes coated contain: * nationwide Curriculum and arguments approximately linguistic correctness * * new different types of English (including African American English) * attitudes to languageThese revisions confirm Authority in Language continues to be topical and updated.

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4; in the remainder of this section, we consider the tradition of ‘correctness’. Type 1 complaints (on correctness) may be directed against ‘errors’ in either spoken or written language, and they frequently do not make a very clear distinction between the two. Simon (1980), for example, complains about misuse of apostrophes—as in wing’s (plural) for wings—but also about spoken usage, such as you was for you were. 3). From vast numbers of letters to newspapers, we may quote the following complaint about spoken usage as typical: For many years I have been disgusted with the bad grammar used by schoolleavers and teachers too sometimes, but recently on the lunchtime news, when a secretary, who had just started work with a firm, was interviewed her first words were: ‘I looked up and seen two men’ etc.

The effect of codification and prescription has been to legitimise the norms of formal registers of Standard English rather than the norms of everyday spoken English. Codifiers have legislated and prescribers have tried to put the legislation into effect. e. e. they are ‘illegitimate’. This tradition can, however, be divided into two broad types. Although these often overlap—sometimes in a confusing way—in the work of a single writer, it is important that their different aims should be recognised.

May be the ‘usual grammar nowadays’ carries with it the implication that at some time in the past standards of language use were better than they are now. The idea of linguistic decline is always either directly addressed or hinted at in the correctness tradition. 5, below. It is unlikely that ‘Have Went’ fully understands the social function that he or she is carrying out. The letter is one of thousands of similar contributions to the maintenance of a standard language, and discrimination against those who do not use it in speech.

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