p.e. home features conservative logical compression displaced speech shortened forms in-group choices humor
are you one of us?
PE maintains many options (some are even redundant) for marking the social and/or educational status of the speaker/listener. This separation into “in-groups” and “out-groups” is a predictable byproduct of PE’s orientation toward judging an author on the basis of tastes. It is the source of the standard v nonstandard binary opposition, and creates a shallow and self-serving circularity: If you share our tastes, you must be one of us; if you are one of us, you must share our tastes.
Once again, though, using only taste as a standard stops us at the threshold of a more productive discussion. Taste-based judgments call for either acceptance or dismissal. Compromising taste is always a problem; an exception here, an exception there, and pretty soon, standards get watered down, and anyone will be allowed in!
The culture's collective defense against intrusions by undesirable outgroups begins with disapproval of their very speech. Sometimes we use social class, other times age or race.
It's important to note here once again that there is no such "thing" as Platform English. It's a name for a range of behaviors exhibited by speakers of the language. That's you and me and everybody else too--even people who only rarely step up on a platform of some kind to communicate. By that act of stepping up, people are indicating their willingness to temporarily limit their own language behaviors to a set of expected behaviors.
markers of social class outgroups
markers of age outgroups
markers of race outgroups**
**All of the examples here mark African-Americans as an outgroup. But don't worry, homes, we could do the same for you too. Claro?