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ERIC Number: ED025300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 7
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Problems of Dialect.
Lavatelli, Celia B., Ed.
Children who learn a dialect differ in pronunciation, syntax, or both from children who learn standard English. It has been assumed that dialectal differences contribute to difficulties in learning to read. Another question is whether a disadvantaged child who speaks a dialect is exposed to a language environment rich enough for him to make normal progress within that dialect. Preschool language programs have been trying to eliminate dialectual pronunciation difference so that children will be better prepared for the first grade. Although it is agreed that a social class prejudice against dialect exists, there is no agreement as to whether dialects reflecting substandard grammar are a hindrance to thinking processes. European children who speak regional dialects use standard language at school without resulting learning deficits. Experimental work is needed to identify and plan for the use of certain syntactical systems in remedial work with preschool children. (MS)
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