Elizabeth Peterson

Making Sense of “Bad English”

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Why is it that some ways of using English are considered “good” and others considered “bad”? Why are certain forms of language termed elegant, eloquent or refined, whereas others are deemed uneducated, coarse, or inappropriate? Making Sense of “Bad English” is an accessible introduction to attitudes and ideologies towards the use of English in different settings around the world. Outlining how perceptions about what constitutes “good” and “bad” English have been shaped, this book shows how these principles are based on social factors rather than linguistic issues and highlights some of the real-life consequences of these attitudes.

Features include:

an overview of attitudes towards English and how they came about, as well as real-life consequences and benefits of using “bad” English;

explicit links between different English language systems, including child's English, English as a Lingua Franca, African American English,…
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