By Lesley Milroy

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ISBN-13: 9780203026038

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ISBN-13: 9780415174121

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Bolton, 1966:2–3) Caxton, as a publisher, had pressing practical reasons for desiring a standard written form of the language. He solved his problem by using as the literary standard a variety based on the South-East Midland area, but his selection was not made on strictly linguistic grounds. The variety he decided to use had already achieved some prominence—but not necessarily because it was the most expressive or the most beautiful. It was the obvious choice because the area concerned was the most prominent politically, commercially and academically.

In what follows, we shall make some distinctions that will go some way towards answering the question. They are also, in many cases, genuinely and properly concerned with clarity and effectiveness in communication, but their prescriptions focus much more on public and written styles than on speech. Their recommendations may often be sensible in terms of written usage and well intended; but we shall see that a general failure to consider spoken language as against written language can have unfortunate consequences.

Advances in technology and means of communication were at the same time spreading the written word much more widely than ever before. Subsequent advances in literacy and in mass education have continued to ensure that the public has looked to the relatively standardised written channel as the model of correctness, despite the fact that spoken English has continued to change. What the eighteenth century finally established was what we have called the ideology of standardisation, to which virtually every speaker now subscribes in principle.

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