ERIC Number: EJ918085
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
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Bidialectalism in the Classroom: The Case of African-American English
Mordaunt, Owen G.
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v24 n1 p77-87 Mar 2011
This article provides a brief description of the linguistic features of African-American English (AAE) and reviews the positions that have been taken up about its role in American education, ranging from those in which AAE is seen as an obstacle to the education of black children to those in which it becomes a language that is different from Standard American English to be taught as a second or foreign language. This article argues that a bidialectal paradigm is needed to describe the prevailing situation accurately and goes on to outline the steps that are necessary, within this paradigm, for the maintenance and development of AAE in the education of African-American children.
Descriptors: African American Children, Black Dialects, Models, North American English, Language Role, African American Education, Language Maintenance, Metalinguistics, Syntax, Phonology, Vocabulary, Teaching Methods
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