Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:08:56 -0700
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: Re: FOR English Only
STANDARD English is written. There is no spoken standard. Those are
really two different languages.
On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, POLSKY ELLEN S wrote:
Can anyone really define STANDARD American English? We can't say that
it's what the newscasters use, because they speak on t.v. in a variety of
dialects. To say it's what the grammar books in school use is not
satisfactory because there are many traditionally ungrammatical
structures in the grammar books. So, what is "standard" English?
If the Official English movement is in favor of having non-native
speakers of English communicate in English, do they also support,
and will the government, then, fund ESL programs across the country? As
an ESL instructor, I can report that our programs are being CUT, not
Ellen S. Polsky (Ellen.Polsky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Colorado.EDU)