Prescriptive grammarians may concede that there are several varieties of English, each with its own grammar. However, they would probably challenge any claims to equal status. The notion, that there is no right or wrong grammar, would seem to be incompatible with the prescriptive grammarian’s insistence on correctness /incorrectness.
The descriptivist will maintain that no grammar is wrong and that we are at liberty to determine our own grammar. How then, will we make ourselves understood by other speakers with different grammars? Can we still claim to have the same language? In particular, if there is no right or wrong grammar, what do we teach our students?
Psycholinguist, Dr Stuart Kelly examines the assertion, that there are hundreds of grammars around the world and presents the case for a standard English grammar and its implications for the teaching of English throughout the world.
The standard English he describes lays no claim to superior status. It is not associated with any particular accent, social group or geographical region but it is one dialect that is widely used throughout the world especially in business, science and technology.
Stuart Kelly even goes so far as to suggest, that most native speakers may be bilingual in English since they alternate between a standard and a regional variant of English grammar.
Because Budget E-Books are available only in PDF format. they are transmitted electronically and incur no transport costs. Delivery is free and our overheads are minimal, which enables us to offer Budget E-Books at incredibly low prices.
Titles are few but others will be added as they become available.