Title: Standard English: The Language of Equal Opportunities and National Unity or Discrimination and Inclusion/Exclusion?
Author(s): Kate Torkington
No.of pages: 8
Most languages have a variety of dialects both in geographical and socio-cultural terms. At the same time, there is a standard form of the language which is recognized, if not necessarily spoken (and/or written) by the majority of users of that language. This article aims to provide a critical analysis of the concept of standard English in the discourse of language policy in British education, with particular reference to Bourdieu´s framework of symbolic power.