Empowering speech, challenges on ‘correctness’ and some questions for sociolinguists.


A couple of years ago I wrote a post called ‘Modelling good speech: Let’s talk properly‘ and, on a whim, I recycled it very recently. It’s very much a ‘from the hip’ kind of blog but, nonetheless, most of the responses I get are positive, including from English teachers. However, there has always been some heavy – even angry – criticism including most recently from various people including sociolinguists like Rob Drummond and commentators like Oliver Kamm from The Times. I have just found this article that pretty much rips my blog apart on a blog for English Language A level students - it captures some of the negative responses:http://englishlangsfx.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/language-discourses-issue-of-proper.html. I tend to filter out the outrage but it’s impossible to be criticised so robustly and not take notice. So, as promised in my twitter exchange with Rob, Oliver and James Durran, here is a…

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