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Talking ProperThe Rise of Accent as Social Symbol$
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Lynda Mugglestone

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250622

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250622.001.0001

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The Rise of a Standard

The Rise of a Standard

(p.7) 1 The Rise of a Standard
Talking Proper

Lynda Mugglestone (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the rise of a standard for language. It argues that it is the presence or absence of standardization, both as a process and, perhaps more significantly, as an ideology which serves to provide the major difference between these 14th- and 19th-century conceptions of language, linguistic choice, and language variety. It describes the existence of a sense of a ‘standard’ of English by the late 17th century, even if popular opinion viewed this as deficient in the rules by which a standard should ‘properly’ be used.

Keywords:   English language, speech, standardization, linguistic choice, language variety

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