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ERIC Number: ED110537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 34
Abstractor: N/A
What Does it Take to be Bilingual or Bidialectal.
Riegel, Klaus F.; Freedle, Roy
The express purpose of this presentation is with education and the technology of training strategies which relate to the conditions under which any two language systems are to be learned. It is assumed that Black English is structurally different from Standard English. It is concluded here that although the burden upon bilingual children is heavy, they are advantaged in a higher sense because monolingualism is a true form of cultural deprivation. However, monolingual development ought to be carefully studied in order to find the best route and methods for optimal progression in bilingual development. A form of bilingualism constituting reasonable and efficient conditions of progression can only be established through detailed explorations of semantic, interlingual structures. At the present time, it is noted, such explorations are lacking. If raised under optimal conditions, the "independent" bilingual becomes able to transfer a large share of his first language knowledge to his second language. The "confounded" bilingual is still not much assisted, however. It is advocated that, regardless of whether black and white English dialects are linguistically sufficiently distinct, for the benefit and well being of many ghetto children living in a confounded linguistic environment, the two systems ought to be treated as such. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: To appear as a chapter in D. Harrison and T. Trabasso, Eds.: "A Seminar on Black English," Hillsdale, N.J., L. Erlbaum Associates, 1975