ERIC Number: ED202004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Bilingual and Bidialectical Language Play.
Nilsen, Don L. F.
Writing teachers should consider cultural pluralism as a rich resource in their classrooms, rather than as a distraction with which to cope. Because speakers of nonstandard English have important language skills in at least two different dialects, teachers should not only teach the standard dialect but also invite nonstandard English speaking students to share their language differences. Exploring both bidialectalism and bilingualism can bring humor into a composition classroom. Numerous examples from Spanish, French, Italian, German, Yiddish, and Dari (the language of Afghanistan) demonstrate the possibilities of bilingual language play with English. Bilingual and bidialectal language mergers should be appreciated as a kind of folk-poetry that can pique students' curiosity and lead them to a fascination with language study. (AEA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (32nd, Dallas, TX, March 26-28, 1981).