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Edwin L. Battistella

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.001.0001

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Bad Language: Realism versus Relativism

Bad Language: Realism versus Relativism

(p.3) One. Bad Language: Realism versus Relativism
Bad Language

Edwin L. Battistella (Contributor Webpage)

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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

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