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Language News: “Academic Ignorance and Black Intelligence” Labov’s 1972 Atlantic Article

At one point, grammar was the center of education (think of the term “grammar school”), but we seem to have fallen from grace.  Today, linguist are more than a little horrified by what passes for grammar education in this country: … Continue reading

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Resources: Language in Baltimore | Exploring the linguistic charm of Charm City

Dr. Christine Mallinson (UMBC) has produced an impressive blog which highlights the sociolinguistic research of her and her students. Dr. Mallinson is a young, but up-and-coming researcher, who has worked on ethnic variation in North Carolina and training teachers to … Continue reading

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Resources: Dr. Lisa Green explains how dialects are rule governed

Dr. Lisa Green received her PhD from UM Amherst in formal syntax (the study of grammar from a theoretical standpoint that assumes that all langauges share the same universal structures).  She then worked at Stanford with professors like Dr. John Rickford, who specializes in sociolinguistics, … Continue reading

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Black Intellectuals and Artists on Sexism in Hip Hop » Sociological Images

Sociological Images–the blog that I referenced in the last post (about Asian American’s acquisition of English)–is a fantastic source for teachers who are looking for information on the representation of ethnicity and language.  In the post linked below, they provide … Continue reading

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Language News: July 29, 1979 – If Black English Isn’t a Language, What Is? – NYTimes.com

Those who are interested in the development of African American English (AAE) might be interested in this article by the novelist James Baldwin, who died in 1987. Op-Ed Contributor – July 29, 1979 – If Black English Isn’t a Language, … Continue reading

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