Welcome to ‘Language Debates’

Dear English Language blog readers

These blog entries have all been crafted by University of Chester (UK) English Language undergraduates, many who are participating in a module called ‘Language Debates’. Each student introduces and comments on issues of controversy within the public and academic worlds of English Language and Linguistics. These issues include: attitudes to language use¬†(the ‘prescriptive’ v ‘descriptive’ debate); political correctness; taboo language; relationship between language and thought; is English a ‘killer’ language?; cultural imperialism and the ESOL industry; language acquisition, nature or nurture?; the nature of meaning, semantics or pragmatics?; the ‘phonics’ controversy in schools; the ‘Standard English’ debate.

Your comments/opinions are very welcome, though of course will be moderated for intolerant language.

The blog-writers have been advised to check their posts for factual inaccuracies and are entirely responsible for the material uploaded here.

Let the debates begin!

Dr Matt Davies, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for BA Single Honours English Language, University of Chester (UK)