ERIC Number: ED295474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
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Literacy Practices and Literacy Myths.
Street, Brian V.
Different conceptions of literacy and its relationship with oral communication are examined, and a new approach that separates literacy and orality rather than representing them on a continuum is criticized. The methodological and theoretical assumptions underlying the work of proponents of the new approach are questioned, including: (1) a narrow definition of social context, related to the division of pragmatics and semantics in linguistics; (2) the reification of literacy in itself at the expense of recognition of its location in structures of power and ideology, also related to general linguistic assumptions about the neutrality of the object of study; and (3) the restriction of meaning within traditional linguistics to syntax. An alternative approach avoiding some of the problems generated by these assumptions is proposed. The approach distinguishes between autonomous and ideological models of literacy and locates them in the broader context of linguistic and anthropological theory and methodology. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Boston University Conference on Language Development (Boston, MA, October 17-19, 1986).