new middle school class???
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Apr 7 04:06:10 UTC 2005
At 11:23 PM -0400 4/6/05, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>And do use Allan Metcalf's very readable paperback, _How We Talk: American
>Regional English Today_. Middle schoolers can handle that nicely.
Some can, anyway. Depends on the middle school, I'm afraid.
>frankly, I think they'd be more interested in the variety of things
>included in that book more than they would enjoy looking up word
>etymologies and origins out of context. One more good small book is Peter
>Trudgill's _Language Myths_,
actually edited by Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill (I like it too)
> good for debunking prescriptive notions
>drilled into the kids in their first eight years of school.
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