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By Arjuna Parakrama

ISBN-10: 0333616340

ISBN-13: 9780333616345

This research establishes the discriminatory and elitist nature of normal languages and standardization itself, contemplating as counter-example the case of Sri Lankan English as symptomatic of the opposite or post-colonial Englishes. at the foundation of this knowing of the traditional, whereas whilst accepting the need of criteria, besides the fact that attenuated, the author argues for the energetic broadening of the normal to incorporate the best sort attainable - privileging that means over different principles - and holds that this could in truth paintings in the direction of extending the boundaries of linguistic tolerance.

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SAE is an idealization. Nobody speaks this dialect, and if somebody did, we wouldn't know it because SAE is not defined precisely. Several years ago there actually was an entire conference devoted to one subject: a precise definition of SAE. This convocation of scholars did not succeed in satisfying everyone as to what SAE should be. 14 This 'typical' introductory text goes on to describe the process by which certain dialects become favoured, a 'development' justified in the most naturalistic terms that dissimulate the struggle that takes place in and on language among differing interest groups.

It is in his questioning of the systemicness of these other varieties of English that Prator raises the most fundamental, if misguided, objection to their legitimacy. Referring to his obvious bete noire, Indian English, Prator writes: the rub is that very few speakers limit their aberrancies to the widely shared features: each individual typically adds in his (sic) own speech a large and idiosyncratic collection of features reflecting his particular native language, educational background, and personal temperament, (p.

This standard needs to be broadened, it needs to be continually revised, and even then it is not to be entirely trusted, but whether we like it or not, it remains more or less in place. The standard is in effect, and is based, however loosely, on shared assumptions and on a network of mechanisms such as the school system, a common historical narrative, and, perhaps most importantly, the conservative consequences of printing and communication technology which literally fixes the language. At least, this is what seems to be the case.

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