[EDLING:841] Re: educated speaker

Sean P. McGrew mcgrew at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Thu Jun 9 14:11:09 UTC 2005

This sounds to me a lot like the descriptor used at the top of the U.S.
Foreign Service's scale of language competence. For an intro to the
development of that scale, you could start with

Quoting Wini Davies <wid at aber.ac.uk>:

> Does anyone know of any literature on the subject of the 'educated speaker'?
> The term occurs frequently (e.g. specific variants of English are described
> as typical of the usage of an educated speaker), but I've come across very
> few attempts to define the term (in fact the only one I've come across is
> the controversial one by John Honey in Language is Power). I'd be grateful
> for references to any literature on the topic (or just any opinions).
> Dr Wini Davies,
> Uwch-ddarlithydd mewn Almaeneg/Senior Lecturer in German,
> Adran Ieithoedd Ewropeaidd/Dept of European Langs,
> Aberystwyth,
> SY23 3DY,
> Cymru/Wales.
> Tel: 01970-622557
> Fax: 01970-622553
> www.aber.ac.uk/eurolangs/staff/wid.shtml

Sean McGrew
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

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