ERIC Number: ED075818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
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Language, Society, and Education: A Profile of Black English.
DeStefano, Johanna S.
The selections in this book reflect a concern for understanding urban ghetto vernicular and its implications for teachers. Chapter one provides preliminary information on Black English and an orientation to the linguistic viewpoint taken by the remaining articles. Chapter two discusses the social conditions under which Black English may be spoken; these conditions are described from anthropological and sociological viewpoints. The parts of the chapter on verbal behavior describe how and for what purposes Black English may be used by ghetto blacks. The studies in chapter three include systematic descriptions of the phonology and syntax of Black English and social variables which help determine the number of Black English forms which are actually realized in the speech of a black person. Chapter four deals with the import of teachers' attitudes toward Black English for ghetto black children's education, and the selections in chapters five and six reflect an educational concern for the many ghetto black children who are apparently having language and literacy problems. The concern rests primarily with teaching "standard" English and reading since the teaching of spelling and writing is largely unexplored. Educational suggestions and applications based on the informed opinions of linguists are also found in chapters five and six. (HS)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, English Instruction, Language Patterns, Linguistic Theory, Reading Instruction, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage, Teacher Attitudes, TENL
Charles A. Jones Publishing Company, 4 Village Green, S. E., Worthington, Ohio 43085 ($8.95 cloth)
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