ERIC Number: ED150881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct
Linguistic Theory Applied to the Teaching of "Standard English" to Speakers of Other Dialects.
Wright, James R.
The linguistic theory of contrastive analysis, which provides pragmatic insights into the teaching of foreign languages, can be equally successful when applied to the teaching of one dialect of a language to speakers of its other dialects. This paper briefly illustrates how a theoretically constructed hierarchy of difficulty, originally designed for the systematic sequencing of teaching materials covering major problem areas confronting the speaker of English attempting to master the linguistic system of Spanish, may be adapted to the teaching of standard English to speakers of other English dialects. After a short explanation of the nature and structure of the hierarchy of difficulty, which is based upon the concept of learning transfer, a specific phonological example is presented for each of the various types of transfer. The paper concludes by briefly mentioning additional relevant considerations which serve to further adjust the theoretical hierarchy in order to achieve maximum practicality. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Black Dialects, Contrastive Linguistics, Interference (Language), Language Instruction, Language Variation, Linguistic Theory, Nonstandard Dialects, Phonology, Pragmatics, Regional Dialects, Second Language Learning, Social Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage, Teaching Methods, Transfer of Training
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (October 1976)