Date: Sat, 25 Feb 1995 14:38:36 -0500
From: Alan Ainsworth AINSWORTH_A[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HCCS.CC.TX.US
I agree with much of what Terry Lynn Irons says in response to the problems
of changing language and I would like to broaden the question to ask what
it is that happens in writing and speech classrooms. Linguists say
that adults don't teach children language any more than adults teach them
how to walk.
What then do English and speech teachers do? Do they affect change?
And the copyediting that teachers/ editors do in conjuction with handbooks
written by copyeditors/teachers? What does that do?
All of that is even more complicated when language patterns have already
been developed that are not the patterns in the handbooks, in
the teacher's idea of "proper English," etc. That few of us speak "proper
English" but shun the improper Engish of dialects in written documents
and in formal speech situations (i.e. job interviews) is important and
should be discussed, I think.
Central College, Houston Community College System
AINSWORTH_A[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]hccs.cc.tx.us