It Ain’t Standard So it Ain’t No Good

A study of the deconstruction of standard English, and a debate on whether or not such a standard is effective.

This paper debates the existence of a standard grammatically correct English language. It describes that English, like all languages, is continually and constantly changing. The author argues that language is constantly changing, because it is as alive and organic as the people speaking it. The paper does establish that written English has a more established set of rules that is taught in academic institutions than the spoken language.
“A debate rages across the worlds of lexicographers, authors, professors and creators of dictionaries alike: what is “standard English?” The question is, of course, oversimplified. The standardization of any language involves “a uniformity of orthographic, typographic, grammatical and lexical practices,” and so one might research the subject of language standardization for years to no conclusion specific or accepted enough to answer the posed question (Davis 69). Some have attempted ambiguous conclusions, including linguist Peter Trudgill who said, “Standard English is that variety of English which is usually used in print, and which is normally taught in schools and to non-native speakers learning the language.””

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