1-23-08 - Who's in Charge Authority of Words Relation...

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1 Who’s in Charge? Authority of Words Relation between language and authority
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2 Who’s the Boss? French Academy: remove Americanism from the language (walkman, software) Academy in England or U.S.? John Dryden, Jonathan Swift 1774 proposal: American Society of Language 1820: American Academy of Language and Belles Lettres
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3 Grammar Mavens More than just English teachers: editors of newspapers, books, etc., journalists, authors and editors of dictionaries. Examples of current problems: “hopefully”/ “I hope,” sexist language, (using man/men as a term to refer to all people), their (single/plural meaning), who vs. whom, “looking to. .” as supposed to “looking for…” Change: occurs first in spoken language; man of the things we say never make it into the formal written language.
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4 Standard English In U.S. vs France vs. England SAE: Standard American English MUSE: Mainstream US English Print Radio--TV Relates to social class and level of education Is standard English a myth? Some believe that there is not a Standard English because everyone has slightly different dialect. Violating the rules
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5 Grammar Earliest grammars and writers: can be traced back to Greece in B.C. “technical language of writers and poets” Latin: most influence on English Renaissance: there was also an interest in everything Latin, Greek and English. More specifically, writing in English Language books Proper Language
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course ENGL 100 taught by Professor Baker during the Spring '08 term at Penn State.

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