Dialects in Schools and Communities

ISBN-10: 0805843167
ISBN-13: 9780805843163
Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)
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List price: $45.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This book describes dialect differences in American English and their impact on education and everyday life. It explores some of the major issues that confront educational practitioners and suggests what practitioners can do to recognize students' language abilities, support their language development, and expand their knowledge about dialects. In this edition the authors reconsider and expand their discussion of many of the issues addressed in the first edition and in other of their earlier works, taking into account especially the research on dialects and publications for audiences beyond linguistics that have appeared since the first edition. This edition is offered as an updated report on the state of language variation and education in the United States. Dialects in Schools and Communities is rooted in questions that have arisen in workshops, surveys, classes, discussion groups, and conversations with practitioners and teacher educators. It is thus intended to address important needs in a range of educational and related service fields. As an overview of current empirical research, it synthesizes current understandings and provides key references. In this sense it is a kind of translation and interpretation in which the authors' goal is to bring together the practical concerns of educators and the vantage point of sociolinguistics. No background in linguistics or sociolinguistics is assumed on the part of the reader. This volume is intended for teacher interns and practicing teachers in elementary and secondary schools; early childhood specialists; specialists in reading and writing; speech/language pathologists; special education teachers; and students in various languagespecialties.

Preface
Language Variation in America
Issues and Definitions
Popular Meanings of Dialect
Accent and Dialect
Levels of Language Differences
Sources of Dialect Difference: Region and Social Class
Language Standards
Language, Logic, and Language Complexity
Standard English
Dialects and Understanding
Deficit Versus Difference
Cultural Differences
Multiple Dialects in Schools
Language Attitudes in Society
Dialect Change in the United States
Further Study
Exploring Dialects
Dialect Study
Considering Social Factors
Examining Particular Patterns
Variation in Linguistic Systems
Pronunciation Differences
Regional Dialects
Social Dialects
Grammar Differences
Suffixes
Other Differences in the Verb System
Other Grammatical Differences
Illustrative Dialect Samples
Appalachian Ghost Story
Wild Life
Notes on Transcripts
Vocabulary Differences
Vocabulary Matters Across Dialects
African American English
The Origins of African American English
The Changing State of African American English
Dialect or Language?
Further Study
Social Interaction
Conversational Politeness
Making Meaning
Cooperation in Communicating
The Role of Context in Making Meaning
Figurative Language in Context
Language Rituals
Conversational Misadventures
Cultural Styles in the Classroom
Understanding Students' Language Behavior
Researching Classroom Interaction
Data Collection
Data Analysis
Living With Language Behavior Differences
Classroom Rules
Further Study
Interpreting Language Difference
Perceptions of Language Standards
Are Students' Language Skills Declining?
Diversity and Test Scores
Differences and Disorders
Language at Home and at School
Early Literacy
Dialect Differences and Curriculum Content
Further Study
Oral Language Instruction
Standard English and Social Reality
Group Reference and Dialect Learning
Positions on Dialects and Dialect Education
Policy Development
Curriculum Development
Methods of Teaching Spoken Standard English
Promoting Language Development
Further Study
Dialects and Writing
Oral and Written Language
Vernacular Dialect and Writing
Vernacular Influence in Writing
Difference and Error in Written Language
Teaching Writing
Editing
Approaches to Editing
Peer Editing
Writing in the Vernacular Dialect
Choosing the Vernacular
Dialogue Journals
Assessment of Writing Ability
Further Reading
Language Variation and Reading
Written Language and Spoken Language
What Do Teachers Need to Know About Dialects to Teach Reading?
Language Form
Beyond Language Form
Teaching Children to Relate Sound and Print
Effects of Dialect Differences on Reading Aloud
Dialects and Meaning-Based Reading Instruction
Teaching Children to Comprehend Text
Vocabulary
Comprehension Strategies
Background Knowledge and Comprehension
Reading Materials and Dialect Differences
Matching Materials and Dialects
Dialect Readers
Language Experience
Vernacular Dialect for Rhetorical Purpose
Reading and the Acquisition of Standard English
The Social Context of Reading
Reading Tests and Dialect Differences
Pronunciation, Grammar, and Vocabulary Differences
Background Knowledge
Other Fairness Factors
Further Reading
Dialect Awareness for Students
Resources for Learning About Dialects
Working With Data
Dialect Awareness
Introduction to Language Diversity
Levels of Dialect
The Patterning of Dialect
Language Change
Implementing Dialect Awareness Curricula
Further Study
An Inventory of Distinguishing Dialect Features
Phonological Features
Consonants
Vowels
Grammatical Features
Adverbs
Negation
Nouns and Pronouns
Other Grammatical Structures
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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