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ERIC Number: ED347794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 11
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The Concept of "Standard English" in First and Second
Honey, John
The characteristics of the standard and non-standard varieties of English as spoken as a first language in Britain are discussed. The discussion focuses on 20 comparisons made between the standard and non-standard varieties. It is suggested that many of the local forms of English and the international standard English constitute a potential enrichment of the speaker's expressiveness, and it is important to recognize opportunities of genre, style, and register that make such usage appropriate. An over-riding goal, however, is the necessity to achieve a local standard that is close enough in intelligibility to the international standard and to arrest the further fragmentation of the English language in the world. It is concluded that the likelihood of achieving this goal has immeasurably increased with the development of forms of classroom technology (i.e., videos, etc.) that bypass teachers whose own use of an internationally intelligible variety of English is defective and who provide a poor model for their pupils. (JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain
Note: In: Tickoo, Makhan L., Ed. Languages & Standards: Issues, Attitudes, Case Studies; see FL 019 461.