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ERIC Number: ED155263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-24
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Artistic Elements in Black English: Implications for Urban Education.
Paznik, Jane
In this document black English is discussed in terms of its artistic and creative elements. A schematic design for the analysis of the artistic dimensions of language is presented. The "black" way of saying things, or sense of language, is described as putting a premium not only on how words function but also on how they sound. Various examples of speech events/forms in black English are mentioned including: playing the dozens, signifying, capping, and monitoring. Dramatic, indirection, orational, orchestrational, and imagistic figures in black speech are briefly described, and excerpts from works of black writers are presented as examples of these figures. In addition, excerpts from black students at the community college level are attached to this document, and creative and artistic elements in these writings are pointed out. A disclosure model for the study of language is described. It is asserted that such a model would permit teachers to see students as users of verbal art forms, and to recognize their use of stylistic options, even when different from those usually taught as acceptable. The implications of this model with regard to student evaluation and placement, the nature and context of teacher intervention, and curriculum assessment and development are described. Existing curricula which use a contrastive approach to black English grammar are mentioned. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For a related document, see ED 146 302; Paper presented at the National Conference on Urban Education (1st, Kansas City, Missouri, November 24, 1975)