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Standard English : the widening debate
Bex, Tony, 1943-
Publication Information:
London ; New York : Routledge, 1999.
Physical Description:
xi, 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1510 Lexile.

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PE1074.7 .S73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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.

Author Notes

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.

Table of Contents

Tony Bex and Richard J. WattsJames MilroyRichard J. WattsHayley DavisTony BexPeter TrudgillJenny CheshireRonald CarterLesley MilroyLaura C. Hartley and Dennis R. PrestonBent PreislerTony Crowley
List of figures and tablesp. vii
List of contributorsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Part I Perspectives on the history and ideology of 'Standard English'
Introduction to Part Ip. 13
1 The consequences of standardisation in descriptive linguisticsp. 16
2 The social construction of Standard English: Grammar writers as a 'discourse community'p. 40
3 Typography, lexicography and the development of the idea of 'standard English'p. 69
4 Representations of English in twentieth-century Britain: Fowler, Gowers and Partridgep. 89
Part II Perspectives on the spoken language
Introduction to Part IIp. 113
5 Standard English: What it isn'tp. 117
6 Spoken standard Englishp. 129
7 Standard grammars, spoken grammars: Some educational implicationsp. 149
Part III Perspectives from outside the UK
Introduction to Part IIIp. 169
8 Standard English and language ideology in Britain and the United Statesp. 173
9 The names of US English: Valley girl, cowboy, yankee, normal, nasal and ignorantp. 207
10 Functions and forms of English in a European EFL countryp. 239
Epiloguep. 269
11 Curiouser and curiouser: Falling standards in the standard English debatep. 271
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 299