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Bad Accents

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language: Are Some Words Better than Others?

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172485
eISBN:
9780199788187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter discusses attitudes toward regional and ethnic English dialects, and ebonics. It is argued that mainstream perceptions of ethnic, regional, and social dialects often reflect stereotypes ... More


Bad Language: Are Some Words Better than Others?

Edwin L. Battistella

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172485
eISBN:
9780199788187
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

Are pronunciations such as cawfee and chawklit bad English? Is slang improper? Is it incorrect to mix English and Spanish, as in Yo quiero Taco Bell? Can you write “Who do you trust?” rather than ... More


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