[EDLING:842] RE: educated speaker

Phil Norman P.R.Norman at PLYMOUTH.AC.UK
Thu Jun 9 15:47:56 UTC 2005


I know of a paper that Professor Dick Hudson sent to a conference in Paris (but did not present in person) some years ago. In that he defined a number of features of Standard and non-standard grammatical constructions that might easily relate to what John Honey is calling 'educated' speech. The term 'educated' seems highly problematic in this context. Contexts such as audience, purpose and content can dictate variations in grammar and lexis that rarely trouble or excite many listeners. It seems that varied expectation is more the issue.

I do not know the whereabouts of Dick Hudson's paper but it should not be hard to track down.

Phil Norman
(University of Plymouth. UK)


From: owner-edling at ccat.sas.upenn.edu on behalf of Wini Davies
Sent: Thu 09/06/2005 14:38
To: edling at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Subject: [EDLING:840] educated speaker

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,
SY23 3DY,

Tel: 01970-622557
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