Favourite Quotes

Please add a favourite quote that relates to this area. It can be an academic citation (please give a reference if so) or just something you’ve heard said. We hope that this, with your help, will be developed into a substantial guide to linguistic wisdom! Thank you for your contribution.

8 Responses to “Favourite Quotes”
  1. Mariko Kitazawa says:

    “Heterogeneity is an integral part of the linguistic economy of the community, necessary to satisfy the linguistic demands of everyday life”.

    Labov, W. (1982) ‘Building on empirical foundations’ in W.P. Lehman and Y. Malkiel (eds.). Perspectives on Historical Linguistics, Amsterdam: John Benjamins (17-92).

  2. Mariko Kitazawa says:

    “Language changes whether we like it or not. Attempts to stop spoken language from changing are not unknown in the history of the world, but they are universally without success, unless they are instituted by means of genocide” (Lippi-Green 1997: 10).

    Lippi-Green, R. (1997) English with an Accent. London: Routledge.

  3. “While language is dynamic, personal, free and energetic, with no defined boundaries, there have always been those groups and individuals who want to control and manipulate it in order to promote political, social, economic and personal ideologies… Further, language is used as a form of control, by imposing the use of certain languages in certain ways (correct, pure, native-like, grammatical, etc.) or even governing the right to use it (Shohamy, 2006: xv).”
    Shohamy, E. (2006), Language Policy: Hidden Agendas and New Approaches, Oxford: Routledge.

  4. “It’s not that everything is accomplished through language. No, it’s not as if “I can say I’m free and then my performative utterance makes me free.” No. But to make the demand on freedom is already to begin its exercise and then to ask for its legitimation is to also announce the gap between its exercise and its realization and to put both into public discourse in a way so that that gap is seen, so that that gap can mobilize (Judith Butler in Butler and Spivak, 2007: 68).”
    Butler, J. and Spivak, G. C. (2007), Who Sings the Nation State?, London: Seagull Books.

  5. Will Baker says:

    “Language changes all the time because human beings are not passive recording machines, they create and develop, and in so doing make new messages and change languages.”
    Brumfit, C. (2001) Individual Freedom in Language Teaching., Oxford: OUP. pp, 58

  6. Will Baker says:

    “For remember that in general we don’t use language according to strict rules-it hasn’t been taught to us by means of strict rules either.” Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Blue Book. pp, 25

  7. Sonia Morán Panero says:

    ” ‘Bad Grammar’ is a cover term to describe a number of different kinds of English expressions. Some of them are widely used by educated speakers and writers but are outlawed by traditional prescriptions which are difficult to sustain; […] In comparison, the prescriptions which are recommended as ‘good grammar’ are revealed as at best marginal and frequently as unrealistic and trivial. ” (Lesley Milroy in Bauer and Trudgill, 1998; 101)

    Milroy, L. 1998. Bad Grammar is Slovenly. In Bauer, L. and Trudgill. P (eds.) Language Myths, London: Penguin (pp. 94-101)

  8. Some social styles – those associated with dominant groups – impose ‘an apprehension of the established order as natural (orthodoxy) through the disguised (and thus misrecognised) imposition of systems of classification and of mental structures that are objectively adjusted to social structures (1991: 169).’

    Bourdieu, P. (1991), Language and Symbolic Power, Cambridge: Polity Press.
    quoted /paraphrased in
    Coupland, N. (2010), Style: Language Variation and Identity, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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