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Bad Grammar

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/9780195172485.003.0003
 Bad Grammar

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This chapter examines traditional grammar, attitudes toward grammar, and the correctionist approach to usage. It argues for the importance of knowing Standard English critically, analytically, and in the context of language history. There is also a need to understand the regularity of nonstandard variants. If we approach good and bad grammar in this way, the study of language will be liberating — not merely freeing learners from socially stigmatized usage by replacing that usage with new linguistic manners, but educating people in what language and linguistic manners are all about.

Keywords: good grammar; bad grammar; prescriptive grammar; English usage

Chapter.  8833 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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