ERIC Number: ED135254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
When [+Native] Is [-Favorable]. Lektos: Interdisciplinary Working Papers in Language Sciences, Special Issue.
This paper discusses the need for foreign language students to develop positive attitudes about regional and social dialect variation, while learning dialectal patterns that will best facilitate their widest acceptance into a community of target language speakers. The latter issue was tested in a study in which native speakers of American English rated voices according to personality traits. Two of the four diagnostic voices were native speakers of American English, one with no pronounced regional or class grammatical markers, the other with strong east-Texas pronunciation and accompanying grammatical markers. Two other voices were both native speakers of Jordanian Arabic, one devoid of American English regional markers and the other having them. By far the greatest number of negative evaluations went to the Jordanian Arabic speaker who used many American English regionalisms. In order to develop linguistically defensible attitudes in their students, language teachers must be familiar with regional markers. Methods to develop sensitivity to language variation include using novels and other popular reading materials, having the students bring their own examples, and having students paraphrase examples as an exercise in style-shifting. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Dialect Studies, English (Second Language), Instructional Materials, Language Attitudes, Language Instruction, Language Styles, Language Teachers, Language Usage, Language Variation, Native Speakers, North American English, Regional Dialects, Second Language Learning, Sociolinguistics
University of Louisville, Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics, Room 214 Humanities, Louisville, Kentucky 40208 ($2.00 for the issue)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Interdisciplinary Program in Linguistics.
Note: Paper presented at the convention of the Modern Language Association (New York, New York, December 26-30, 1976). For related documents, see FL 008 427-430