ABSTRACT

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.

chapter |10 pages

Introduction

ByTony Bex, Richard J. Watts

part Part I|99 pages

Perspectives on the History and Ideology of ‘standard English’

part Part II|56 pages

Perspectives on the spoken language

chapter |4 pages

Introduction To Part II

ByTony Bex, Richard J. Watts

chapter 5|12 pages

Standard English: What it Isn't

ByPeter Trudgill

chapter 6|20 pages

Spoken Standard English

ByJenny Cheshire

chapter 7|18 pages

Standard Grammars, Spoken Grammars: Some Educational Implications

ByRonald Carter

part Part III|101 pages

Perspectives From Outside the Uk

chapter |4 pages

Introduction to Part III

ByTony Bex, Richard J. Watts

chapter 9|32 pages

The Names of Us English: Valley Girl, Cowboy, Yankee, Normal, Nasal and Ignorant

ByLaura C. Hartley, Dennis R. Preston

chapter 10|29 pages

Functions and Forms of English in A European Efl Country

ByBent Preisler

part |14 pages

Epilogue