ERIC Number: ED035863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-15
Reference Count: 0
An Introduction to the Historical Development of Black English: Some Implications for American Education.
Taylor, Orlando L.
In discussing the rich linguistic history of Afro-Americans, the author points out that black people had a linguistic system when they came to the New World and frequently had a knowledge of a form of English which had been influenced by Black Portuguese and West African languages. Despite many assertions to the contrary, Black English, "the variety of English spoken or understood by many persons of Afro-American descent," is not a deficient use of Standard English. It represents a logical linguistic evolution typical of people who have been exposed to many different languages. Attitudinal and philosophical changes are needed with respect to the utilization of Black English in the schools. The teaching of Standard English as a tool language is a tenable goal for American Education, so long as it does not preclude instruction in Black English. These points suggest a re-evaluation of how teachers should meet the educational needs of black children. They imply a need for a number of revisions and additions to contemporary education in such areas as materials, curriculum, teacher preparations, and certification. (A bibliographical listing of recent references concludes this paper.) (Author/AMM)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Note: Presented at the Institute on Speech and Language of The Rural and Urban Poor, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, July 15, 1969