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ERIC Number: ED123631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 43
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Reference Count: 0
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Black American English: A Survey of Its Origins and Development and Its Use in the Teaching of Composition.
Anderson, Edward
The value of teaching Standard English as the language of school and mainstream middle class culture is undisputed, yet Black English, as a non-standard English dialect, has great potential as an instructional tool in the composition classroom. The use of the black dialect can help expand black students' intellectual potential by de-stigmatizing non-standard forms. In addition, white students will achieve the opportunity to understand the linguistic validity of an unfamiliar form. The evaluation of Black English and some white Southern dialects from West African dialects can be traced and attributed to a normal process of cultural transmission. The dispersement of verbal deprivation myths through the study of these linguistic origins can change negative attitudes held by educators and students concerning Black English. The "Black American English Code-Switching Technique," in addition to other methods described, can assist both black and white students in shifting from one linguistic system to another. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (27th, Philadelphia, March 25-27, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document