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Nevertheless, many of the more general ideas are identifiable in embryo in the earliest papers. The original presentation of the language thesis rests on the distinction between formal and public language-use. g. 1959b, 1960a) exemplify the general orientation. 40 Language, Structure and Reproduction Authors who concentrate on a purely linguistic (sociolinguistic or psycholinguistic) perspective present these early essays as primarily (or solely) concerned with the specification of two contrasting dialects or sociolects (that is, language varieties associated with specific social groups or strata).
On the other hand, some authors have been quite exaggeratedly concerned—even a little hysterical—about this. Jackson (1974) expresses an anguished sense of betrayal in what he claims is a fundamental shift in the programme: One is entitled…to ask what public notice has been taken, by Bernstein himself and by his colleagues and collaborators, of this reversal of position. The answer is, as far as I know, that no notice has been taken at all. The theory has continued to be respectfully quoted, as a continuously developing thing, without anybody noticing that it has in effect been retracted, and the opposite theory substituted.
48) Hoggart draws attention to what he classes the ‘strain of coarseness and insensitivity running through working-class life’. Thus, working class speech and manners in conversation are more abrupt, less provided with emollient phrases than those of other groups: their arguments are often conducted in so rude a way that a stranger might well think that after this, at the worst, fighting would follow, and at the best a permanent ending of relations. I find that even now, if I am not to be misunderstood, I have to modify a habit of carrying on discussion in an ‘unlubricated’ way, in short sharp jabs that are meant to go home—and yet not really meant to hurt.