ERIC Number: ED120754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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Black English: A Seminar.
Harrison, Deborah Sears, Ed.; Trabasso, Tom, Ed.
The sixteen essays collected in this volume reflect a cross-section of ethnic and professional viewpoints toward Black English. Written by resident and visiting lecturers who took part in a seminar offered by the psychology department of Princeton University, the essays are grouped by subject areas: (1) "Definition" focuses on the schism between middle-class and street-culture blacks and their relationship to whites, the controversy between bilingual and bidialectical theories of black language development, and the geographic and social parameters of Black English. (2) "Historical Origins" discusses the relationship between pidgins, Creoles, and contemporary black vernacular; the roots of Black English in African linguistic patterns; and the question of interaction between transplanted African language and language patterns of the South. (3) "Use" examines phonics and spelling, code switching between white and black dialects among school children, Black English in folklore, and techniques for eliciting casual speech for linguistic research. and (4) "Implications" deals with current research and theory on such issues as linguistic relativity, the cognitive deficit-difference controversy, social attitudes toward black speech patterns, and sociolinguistic bias in testing. (KS)
Descriptors: Black Culture, Black Dialects, Black Studies, Diachronic Linguistics, Dialect Studies, English Curriculum, Ethnic Studies, Higher Education, Language Styles, Sociolinguistics
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Note: Published by Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.