NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: ED043032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Old Order Changeth.
Stokes, Anne M.
That the English language has changed greatly over the centuries is an accepted fact; the fact that the movement hasn't stopped should also be accepted. Examples of analogic changes which are taking place in syntax and morphology illustrate the state of flux of English. However, many teachers of English still believe that it is their duty to guard the language against change. This resistance to change can have a calamitous effect on non-native speakers because some of their solecisms might be the very indicator that they are grasping the idiom of the language. The author feels that the non-native speaker who can write, in the proper context, "Like I say,""That man is much taller than me," or "That coffee tastes real good" deserves commendation. He is really learning the language, and it will be time enough to make distinctions of level and style when he has acquired native ability of expression. (AMM)
Etudes Anglaises, Universite de Montreal, C.P. 6128, Motreal, Quebec
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: To appear in ATEQ (Association of Teachers of English of Quebec) Journal (Special Issue No. 1, Teaching English as a Second language), III.2, 1970