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Unformatted text preview: Wright, Stephanie Wright Professor Matway ENGCMP 1551 15 October 2011 Essay #1: Insights from Class Texts to Take for my Work in the World The word ‘standard’ came into the English language in the twelfth century from the old French word for “a military or naval ensign.” In the last nine hundred years since it has come into English use it has been adapted to mean anything from a king’s authority and a legal rate of money to the modern day norm. According to David Chrystal, no language is ever completely immune to variability. No variety of language ever stands still, or is used by everyone in the same way, not even the same variety (224). This essay will strive to connect three of Harvey Daniel’s ideas (4,6,9) about language with the Stories of English (David Chrystal) and what you speak (Lane Greene) today. According to Daniels, everyone speaks a dialect and many of the world’s languages have a standard dialect and while no dialect is necessarily deemed superior, the standard dialect does...
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course ENGCMP 1551 taught by Professor Elizabethmatway during the Fall '11 term at Pittsburgh.
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