ERIC Number: ED105726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Can (and Should) Standard American English Be Defined?
Meyers, Walter E.
This paper discusses difficulties in defining Standard American English, and the question of whether there is a need to define it. Several theories on why such a dialect should be defined are described. These are: the "propriety" theory, the "psychological" theory, the "power and prestige" theory, and the "better tool" theory, the "psychological" Standard American English is offered, but it is concluded that there is no real Standard American English to define, and no pressing need to define it. (AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Meeting (Washington, D.C., October, 1974). Page 8 and parts of pages 7 and 9 of the original document are copyrighted and not available. Page 8 is not included in the pagination.