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Main Title: Fashions in English or a standard?
Author(s): Bailey, Charles-James N.
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Because ofthe inextricably authoritarian sense attached to 'Standardlanguage' in Europe, nonauthoritarian and, äs has proved to be the case, ultimately indefinable uses of 'Standard English' by Anglo-Saxon scholars cause untold confusion among non-Anglo-Saxons. This article discusses anomalies resulting from this confusion, including deleterious effects on the learning of English in Europe and elsewhere. Although the authoritarian attitude can probably never understand the wie of fashion and style in English (despite exact parallels with fashions in other kinds of social behavior), this paper Claims that it is precisely such an attitude that is necessary. Anecdotes and logical arguments are offered in support ofthe writer's thesis. The particularly baneful practice of equating some putative and indefinable formal 'Standard' English and normal English with, respectively, European Standard and diaiect by persons that have specialized in English for years illustrates the cultural gulf that will have to be crossed ifprogress is ever to be made. The article concludes with a list of some of the injunes to knguage-learning and scientific truth that eventuate from laying stress on formal language, which inevitably accompanies stress on a 'Standard'
Issue Date: 1987
Date Available: 19-Dec-2018
DDC Class: 400 Sprache
Subject(s): standard english
language learning
Journal Title: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publisher Place: Berlin
Volume: 6
Issue: 4
Publisher DOI: 10.1515/mult.1987.6.4.399
Page Start: 399
Page End: 410
EISSN: 1613-3684
ISSN: 0167-8507
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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