ERIC Number: ED361998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Ethical Considerations in Language Awareness Programs.
Two traditional principles have served as the basis for the involvement of linguists in social issues, namely the principle of error correction and the principle of debt incurred (Labov, 1982). It is argued that an additional principle should motivate linguists to take a more proactive role in social issues, the principle of linguistic gratuity. One such proactive role is involvement in Language Awareness Programs, which are designed to provide an understanding of and appreciation for variety in language. This paper considers the rationale for and programmatic structure of two experimental language awareness programs, along with a discussion of some of the ethical issues that need to be considered in the implementation of such programs. Ethical considerations include the ethics of persuasion and need, of presentation, of representation, of sociocultural change, and of accommodation. An example of a curriculum unit with a humanistic objective, sample exercises demonstrating the scientific study of language patterning, an exercise with a sociohistorical objective, and an exercise promoting "island quaintness"--i.e., the lexical heritage of the North Carolinian island of Ocrakoke--are appended. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the American Association of Applied Linguistics Ethics Symposium (April 1993).