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ERIC Number: ED103841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Not in Our Stars, But in Our Affixes?
Weaver, Constance
This paper argues that it may be much more damaging, psychologically, to try to correct the written usage of persons whose nonstandard written forms correlate with their spoken dialect than to try to correct the nonstandard written forms of persons who do not use nonstandard forms in their speech. It is possible that nonstandard speakers will view a teacher's attempt to correct their nonstandard written forms as a way of denying the validity of their culture. It is concluded that it is quite possible that a correlation exists between students' spoken dialect and their written language and that, as there is no single standard of English, it is antihumanistic to require all students to master one particular dialect. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (64th, New Orleans, November 28-30, 1974)