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Title: Stemming the Falling Standard of English: A Semantic Appraisal of Passable but Deviant English Language Usage in Academia
Authors: Armah, K.O.O.
Keywords: academia
linguistics
intellectuals
nativisation
meaning
aberration
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Publisher: Journal of Science and Technology
Citation: Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 3, 2008 pp 41-47
Abstract: This paper analyses some of the passable, albeit unacceptable, uses of English in academia and draws attention to the need to be conscious of the deviances. Some recurrent words and phrases have been picked from utterances of teachers, articles by journalists and essays of students for the study. The point is also made that, like Chinua Achebe (1974) who would seize an opportunity to remove ‘structural weaknesses' from his Arrow of God, intellectuals should not see the acquisition of high qualifications as being necessarily the quintessence of knowledge, nor should deviant use of English be accepted in the name of so-called innovation. The dictionary form has been used to facilitate easy reference.
Description: Article published in the Journal of Science and Technology, Vol. 28 No. 3, 2008 pp 41-47
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/5233
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