beyond the pail

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSU.EDU
Thu Mar 6 23:15:23 UTC 2003

Neither one--that's the point. I'm sorry I didn't make that clearer.

> What is nonstandard in this instance: pail or bucket? I don't quite get it.
> sally
> Mai Kuha wrote:
>> Today a student in my class mentioned that her children lose points on
>> schoolwork because one vocabulary item that keeps coming up on tests and in
>> other teaching materials is "pail", and the word the children know,
>> "bucket", is marked as wrong. Of course we are all aware that it's been
>> established that the educational system's reaction to nonstandard linguistic
>> features sometimes doesn't fit the stated goals of testing, but this is the
>> first time I've heard of discrimination on the basis of *regional* features.
>> Does this happen often? If so, should we (or someone else) try to do
>> something about it?
>> -Mai (in Muncie, IN)

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