ERIC Number: ED071465
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-28
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The Case against Bidialectalism.
Zale, Eric M.
This article, primarily a critical review of Wayne O'Neil's study "The Politics of Bidialectalism," defines and examines sociological and pedagogical implications of the concepts of bidialectalism and biloquilism. It is argued that any definition of bidialectalism which refers to linguistic differentiation on the basis of social class is implicitly a racist conceptualization of the term itself. Selected linguistic examples illustrate how standard English is becoming simplified and, thus, easier for speakers of nonstandard English to acquire. Concluding remarks concentrate on reasons why students should reject the notions of bidialectalism or biloquilism as defined by O'Neil in favor of standard English. (RL)
Descriptors: Biculturalism, Black Attitudes, Black Dialects, Blacks, Cultural Differences, Dialect Studies, English, Identification (Psychology), Language Standardization, Nonstandard Dialects, North American English, Regional Dialects, Social Status, Social Stratification, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage
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Note: Paper presented at the 6th Annual TESOL Convention, Washington, D.C., February 28, 1972