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ERIC Number: ED105512
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 22
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The Significance of Bi-Dialectalism in America.
Awa, Njoku E.
The first section of this paper is a general discussion of standard English. The nine sections which follow discuss the concept of correctness and the ideological differences between grammarians and purists; standard English in a historical perspective; Eric Partridge's (1969) taxonomy of the degrees and kinds of standard English, including received standard, modified standard, and literary standard; standard American English and its history in relation to English spoken in England; the geographical settlement patterns of Americans and their effect on standard American English; the "melting pot" concept and its effect on standard English; the significance and validity of the melting pot theory regarding dialect; ethnicity and standard English; and the significance of bi-dialectalism and its effect on learning in general. The last section concludes that bi-dialectalism is a linguistic component of the poverty and minority syndrome and that teachers must be sensitive to many types of English. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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