Hey guys i have an english controlled assesment soon on spoken language and my question is to explore some of the different public attitudes towards non-standard spoken language. please help asap
Where are you based? What is your scope of knowledge on this area at the moment? Are you going to start with the background of how a 'standard English' first developed? Then you have the initial split of people who have a prescriptivist stance and 'look down' on certain dialects and and the descriptivist approach that believes no language is wrong. Remember to distinguish between accent and dialect; accent only concerns pronunciation whereas dialects have features like varying syntax and vocab, so I can speak 'standard English' in my strong Welsh accent or I can use my local dialect and use features like fronting - 'love English I do' and vocab 'gimme a cwtch cariad'.
Here's a good little blog to get you thinking http://bridgingtheunbridgeable.com/2...rescriptivism/
This a fun thing to explore, enjoy!