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Bad Language: Realism versus Relativism

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172485
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0001
 Bad Language: Realism versus Relativism

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This chapter raises some broad issues of tradition versus innovation in culture to place the discussion of realism in language into perspective. Topics covered include the meaning of the phrase, “bad language”; descriptive and prescriptive viewpoints of standard language, and ideas that underlie notions of good and bad language.

Keywords: bad English; language; linguistics; relativism; realism; language attitude; descriptivism; prescriptivism; culture

Chapter.  6738 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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