Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 14:08:47 -0600 From: POLSKY ELLEN S Subject: Re: FOR English Only 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 expanded! Ellen S. Polsky (Ellen.Polsky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Colorado.EDU)