OK. My English teachers would freak out if I ever said "I seen."
Originally Posted by kayb
Well, their job was to teach Standard English.

Our society is organized in a way that relies heavily on having standard versions of languages. There's nothing wrong with that, but there are problems when "standard" is confused with "correct."

In the first place, it's inaccurate to say that the standard version is correct; it's merely privileged. From a cognitive and neurological standpoint, all dialects and languages are equal because they're all rooted in the same ability to create, learn, and use language.

Secondly, by designating the multitude of nonstandard versions as "incorrect," you're disparaging and disenfranchising the people who use them. Since the standard version is determined by the powerful, calling all other versions "incorrect" becomes a justification for that power.
Originally Posted by Eilonwy
I as well, especially the second paragraph. I love hearing different versions. I could not imagine going to another state and telling someone that usages (let me add dialects/accents) typical to their area are ignorant, make my skin crawl, make me sick or ... They are beautiful.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

Last edited by Fifi.G; 12-14-2012 at 12:40 AM.