Clues to language change from non-standard English

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Colloquial speech has a different grammar from written English, and published descriptions of English are largely based on the written form; therefore the grammatical consensus may be missing important facts about everyday English. Non-standard language often prefigures changes which spread eventually into the standard; sometimes it preserves forms lost elsewhere. Linguistic change in standard English can sometimes be detected by looking at different forms of non-standard English, or by comparison of different national standards. These useful windows on the standard language are illustrated with examples from unplanned speech, internet data, and British and American usage. © The author 2008.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-545
Number of pages12
JournalGerman Life and Letters
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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