Yoda, Sam and Gollum Teach Non-Standard English

Author David Crystal claims that movie characters such as Yoda and Gollum are excellent examples of non-standard English usage to teach children. "Star Wars" Jedi master Yoda uses a sentence structure similiar to Anglo-Saxon, while the dialect spoken by Sam Gamgee in "Lord of the Rings" is very different from standard English. In The Stories of English, academic David Crystal discusses non-standard English and attacks the purists who would banish it.

"The devil speaks standard English, the fairies do, everybody does. In sci-fi, you go out to a different planet and you meet aliens, but they speak standard English. Sam Gamgee speaks non-standard English, Gollum speaks a weird non-standard English. Tolkien is special."

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