Developing a sociolinguistic voice?: Students and linguistic descriptivism

McKinney, Carolyn and Swann, Joan (2001). Developing a sociolinguistic voice?: Students and linguistic descriptivism. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 5(4) pp. 576–590.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9481.00167

Abstract

The research discussed in this paper forms part of a larger project on academic literacies in a UK OPen University distance-tuaght undergraduate course on the English language (U(ZS)210 'The English Language: past, present and future'. This paper focusses on responses from students in three broad contexts: England, Singapore and Greece, to a section of the course on 'Varieties of English'.

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