ERIC Number: ED195619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes Toward English Vernaculars.
This paper focuses on the roles and functions that English based vernaculars play in contemporary society and reviews literature pertinent to that topic. Areas considered include (1) societal behavior toward language, (2) language as a group marker, and (3) the contextual parameters of language use. In the discussion of societal behavior toward language, the means used by society to favor one variety of language over another are examined. Black English is cited as an example of a language that is accorded low prestige by the dominant society. In the section on language as a group marker, social status and regional variation are discussed as they relate to language variation. The discussion of contextual parameters of language use examines micro and macro sociolinguistic phenomena and reviews literature that considers the phenomena of code switching, diglossia, and attitudes toward the use of language. Implications of socially stigmatizing particular groups because of their language are also discussed. It is contended that, as language use is situational, it is unrealistic to expect that everyone conform to one particular set of English language norms. (GC)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the conference "Meeting the Educational Needs of Students Who Speak a Vernacular English in the Public School Setting" (Ann Arbor, MI, June 2-3, 1980).