The 'Standard English' question has featured in linguistic,
educational and cultural debates for decades. At critical points in
British history the language became a symbol and focus, with
particular varieties of the language acquiring ideological
importance. In this careful and balanced account, Tony Crowley
draws on theoretical insights from Bakhtin, Foucault and Volosinov
in a study of representations of the English language from the
eighteenth century onwards, on the development of different
concepts of the 'Standard Language' and the value attached within
the wider society to varieties of spoken and written English.
Placing the 'Standard English' question within its historical
perspectiv he explores the educational consequences of these
debates, bringing the reader up to date in this second edition with
an analysis of the effect on English language teaching of
Conservative educational policies of the 1980s and 90s and the
implications of the National Curriculum. Students and researchers
of English language, cultural theory, and language education will
find this treatment comprehensive, carefully researched and lively
reading. The first edition of this book appeared outside North
America with the title The Discourse of Politics.
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