By Lesley Milroy
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Extra info for Authority in Language: Investigating Standard English (Third edition)
Is the usual grammar nowadays for office staff and business training colleges. Ireland) This correspondent no doubt sees himself or herself as a guardian of ‘correctness’, and the letter is clearly predicated on the assumption that if people want to get decent jobs they ought to speak correctly (just as they should have good table manners). ’ may be the ‘usual grammar nowadays’ carries with it the implication that at some time in the past standards of language use were better than they are now.
For the moment, we again notice as an example the categorical distinction between the singular and plural second person pronoun (see pp. 12–13), which is found mainly in Scottish and Irish varieties of English. The following quotation is from tape-recordings made during fieldwork in Belfast: So I said to our Trish and our Sandra: ‘Yous wash the dishes’. I might as well have said: ‘You wash the dishes’, for our Trish just got up and put her coat on and went out. Not only does this speaker demonstrate that she has in her pronoun system a categorical distinction here between you and yous, she also assumes (wrongly) that the fieldworker has the same distinction.
Use of prepositions and fine distinctions between meanings of different words) do not commonly occur until the position of English as the official language (in almost all its functions) was virtually assured—around 1700. The great classic of complaint literature is Swift’s (1712) ‘Proposal for Correcting, Improving and Ascertaining the English Tongue’, which, after a polite preamble, begins as follows: 27 STANDARD ENGLISH AND THE COMPLAINT TRADITION My Lord, I do here, in the name of all the learned and Polite Persons of the Nation, complain to Your Lordship as First Minister, that our Language is extremely imperfect; that its daily Improvements are by no means in proportion to its daily Corruptions; that the Pretenders to polish and refine it, have chiefly multiplied Abuses and Absurdities; and, that in many Instances, it offends against every Part of Grammar.
Authority in Language: Investigating Standard English (Third edition) by Lesley Milroy