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.
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