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ERIC Number: ED053125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 17
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Facts and Issues Concerning Black Dialect.
Stewart, William A.
English Record, v21 n4 p121-135 Apr 1971
In the United States, the taboo against recognizing behavioral differences as a normal function of ethnic identity is strongest in the liberal social-science treatment of behavioral comparisons of blacks and whites. Of the many problems which the requirements of the classroom and the office may present for young blacks, conformity to the complex maze of norms defining "correct" English is one of the most imposing. The view of black speech as unstructured and the characterization of lower-class black life as non-verbal seems seriously wrong to linguists and anthropologists. To date, the contribution of linguists to black research has been by far the largest, involving proof of the linguistic integrity of black nonstandard dialect. Of the various pedagogical recommendations made by linguists who studied black dialect, one of the most significant is that black dialect be used side-by-side with standard English in the classroom. (CK)
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