ERIC Number: ED174021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
From British-Tradition English to American English. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 2.
Obilade, Anthony O.
A rejoinder is presented to Betty Lou Dubois' article entitled, "British-Tradition English in the American University," which considers English West African English. Objection is made to the characterization of West African English in terms of errors. It is argued that there should be recognition of a "standard" West African English, a standard that is in the form of a cline. The standard would permit genuine grammatical mistakes and local idioms. Examples are presented of mistakes that have become acceptable, even to educated West Africans. It is contended that standard West African English could be characterized, not on the basis of errors, but on the basis of what is read and heard in the media and what is heard at higher education institutions. The British-tradition English must be viewed against the sociolinguistic background. An attempt is made to characterize transplanted English, with special attention to forces that encourage deviation from the language as used by native speakers. Psychological problems are described of students who mistakenly believe they speak the native speaker's version and can be understood anywhere. The kind of supportive environment needed to encourage the acquisition of American English and a second language program at Southern Illinois University are described. (SW)
Descriptors: African Culture, African Languages, English (Second Language), Essays, Foreign Countries, Foreign Students, Higher Education, Language Attitudes, Language Usage, Language Variation, North American English, Phonology, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.
Identifiers: Africa (West)