Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 16:08:56 -0700 From: Dan Alford 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 > expanded! > > Ellen S. Polsky (Ellen.Polsky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Colorado.EDU) >