ERIC Number: ED259568
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Polylectal Grammar Stops Here. CLCS Occasional Paper No. 13.
An examination of the extent to which the polylectal grammar, a unified grammar constructed by a listener that subsumes the dialect differences that he has to cope with in a multidialectal situation, is an appropriate means of modelling listeners' receptive command of dialects other than their native one presents evidence that cross-dialectal misunderstandings involving speakers of standard English and speakers of Hiberno-English can be considered symptomatic of a deep-seated structural mismatch between particular grammatical subsystems in the two varieties. It is proposed that for at least some speakers there is little or no awareness of major structural divergences, and that these kinds of misunderstandings should be examined for insights into the strategies that speaker-hearers use in cross-dialectal communication. It is suggested that these and other findings from the literature support the assumption that 100% correct identification of structural cues in utterances is not a necessary prerequisite to viable communication between speakers of different dialects. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dublin Univ. Trinity Coll. (Ireland). Centre for Language and Communication Studies.