English varieties

Robyn Starkey rohina at shaw.ca
Wed Apr 6 18:58:00 EDT 2005

Colin Fine wrote:

> Language - all language - is governed by rules, even though most 
> people are not consciously
> aware of the rules they are applying and could not formulate them.

Here, I think is the crux of most of the dispute. The people on this 
list, almost overwhelmingly, do not fall into that "most people" 
category. They are erudite readers who enjoy argu- I mean disputing 
civilly the rules of English usage.


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