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Authority in Language : Investigating Standard English
Leading sociolinguists Lesley and James Milroy explore the perennially topical and controversial notion of 'correct' and 'incorrect' language. In this fully revised and updated third edition, they:
* engage directly with the most recent arguments in the long-running debate over the teaching of Standard English in Britain
* compare the language ideologies in Britain and the USA, involving a discussion of the English Only movement and the Ebonics controversy
The authors consider the historical process of standardisation and its social consequences, in particular discrimination against low status and ethnic minority groups on the basis of their language traits.
Authority in Language is indispensable for educationalists, teachers and linguists, and ideal for courses in sociolinguistics, modern English grammar, history of English and language ideology.
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Taylor & Francis
December 21, 1998
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