ERIC Number: ED275143
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Bilingual Education for Native Americans: The Argument From Studies of Variational English.
Flanigan, Beverly Olson
This paper examines the relevant literature on American Indian dialectal variations of English and efforts to maintain American Indian languages through bilingual education programs. The preservation of the ancestral Lakota dialect of the Siouan language is discussed in terms of the implications for educational program planning. It is concluded that many existing programs classified as bilingual are really transition programs providing only a brief daily exposure to the native language. In addition, the English spoken on the reservations is frequently a nonstandard variety that has been analyzed and validated as an old and continuing dialectal form. It is suggested that in light of this information, instruction in Standard English as a Second Dialect combined with native history and culture courses might become the program of first choice for many schools. (MSE)
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, American Indians, Bilingual Education, Dialect Studies, Educational Needs, English (Second Language), Federal Programs, Language Maintenance, Language Variation, Nonstandard Dialects, Second Language Instruction, Standard Spoken Usage, Uncommonly Taught Languages
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ohio Univ., Athens.
Authoring Institution: N/A