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By Jürg R. Schwyter

The BBC's Advisory Committee on Spoken English used to be organize to supply an authoritative consultant to pronunciation and using language for BBC announcers. the result of its deliberations have been released for common intake in a sequence of pamphlets referred to as Broadcast English. in keeping with fundamental resources, the compelling tale of the Advisory Board in the course of its an important first thirteen years is instructed right here for the 1st time. It finds how board participants, together with George
Bernard Shaw and A. Lloyd James, quickly came across that standardization and legislation of spoken language is intensely tough and hugely controversial.

The first chapters describe the linguistic facets of its paintings, quite after it had taken at the position of standardizing spoken English, a role way past its mandate and the BBC constitution. The 3rd and fourth chapters examine the demanding situations the Committee encountered in assuming their prescriptive position, the structural challenge which ensued, and the alterations to linguistic regulations which then undefined. bankruptcy five and six rfile the ultimate years of the Committee, discover the explanations for its
failure in its position as father or mother of 'properly' spoken English, and view the legacy of the Committee in modern broadcasting. The e-book will entice linguists and historians more often than not, specially these attracted to the English language and language policy.

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