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Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198808206

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198808206.001.0001

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Attitudes to British usage

Attitudes to British usage

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(p.137) 9 Attitudes to British usage
Source:
English Usage Guides
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Carmen Ebner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198808206.003.0009

In this chapter Carmen Ebner discusses how the attitudes of British English speakers have changed by comparing the findings of an earlier usage attitude study conducted by Mittins et al. (1970) with recently collected data on the same usage problems via an online questionnaire. In particular, she will look at the split infinitive, between you and I, differently than, the dangling participle (as in pulling the trigger, the gun went off), and literally. As a result, she will be able to compare what are in effect two snapshots of current usage, and identify possible changes in attitudes towards these disputed linguistic items.

Keywords:   language attitudes, prescriptivism, British English, education, language variation and change, Attitudes to English Usage (1970), the usage debate

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