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ERIC Number: ED111206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Pages: 23
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Sociolects, Codes and Language Teaching.
Ross, John
The aim of this paper is to clear up some of the confusion that has developed around interpretations of Bernstein's concept of code-distribution. After a rapid review of the main dimensions of linguistic variation within a given society, with particular attention to sociolectal and register variation, 'codes' are examined and compared with registers and sociolects. There follows a more detailed investigation of the nature and implications of codes in the Bernsteinian sense, relating to the social and, more precisely the educational context. The conclusions are that 'code' and 'lect' correspond to radically different types of variation, and that code-variation is by no means as socially exclusive or inherently so politically charged as many writers claim. Two points should be borne in mind while reading this paper; it represents work in progress towards a fuller treatment of the subject, and the final presentation of "restricted code" is exaggerated deliberately to provide a counter-argument to polemic current in Europe in 1974. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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