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Standard English

The Widening Debate, 1st Edition

By Tony Bex, Richard J. Watts


328 pages

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pub: 1999-02-18
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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.


'Lively, vastly informative, scholarly - this is a notably accessible, seminal overview of a complex and as yet unresolved linguistic and educational puzzle.' - The Library Association Record

'It highlights the problem in ascertainig exactly what constitutes SE (Standard English)' - Frances Austin, English Studies, Vol.82, Feb 2001

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General