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ERIC Number: ED341060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 32
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Usage Revisited: A Comparison of Business Persons' and Educators' Responses to Choices in the English Language.
Spiegel, Lisa A.
A study examined the attitudes of English educators and professional business persons concerning non-standard English-language usage. Subjects, equal numbers of male and female members of the National Council of Teachers of English and members of the Chamber of Commerce, responded to a questionnaire containing 66 sentences, each containing an example of non-standard usage. Subjects used a numerical scale to indicate the degree to which each non-standard usage bothered them. Data were analyzed using a series of analyses of variance. Results indicated: (1) business persons displayed a less conservative attitude concerning usage than did educators; (2) there was no relationship between attitude usage score and age; and (3) males had a higher tolerance of usage deviations than did females. Findings suggest that it is unrealistic for educators to teach strict language usage exclusively because it is not used exclusively. (Seven tables of data are included; the questionnaire is attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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