ERIC Number: ED179108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Variability in the English of Two Indian Communities and Its Effect on Reading and Writing.
Wolfram, Walt; And Others
The aim of this study was to describe the varieties of English used in two American Indian communities and to examine the effect of language diversity on the acquisition of certain educational skills. The field work was carried out in two Puebloan communities in New Mexico, San Juan and Laguna. The description of selected linguistic structures and the investigation of spoken language influence on particular reading and writing tasks are the main areas of concentration. The introduction gives an overview of the project, discussing the descriptive base of language variation, the educational concern of the American Indians, and the data base used in the study. Chapter 2 presents the cultural context surrounding puebloan forms of Indian English as an integral part in the descriptive facets and educational implications of the study. The description of the spoken language data in Chapter 3 concentrates on San Juan English and Chapter 4 is a comparison of San Juan and Laguna English. Chapter 5 considers in detail the question of spoken language influence on reading and writing in San Juan and Laguna. Chapter 6 concludes with educational implications of varieties of English in the pueblos. (NCR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers: English (American Indian); New Mexico