[Edling] Debunking the "language gap"

Richard Hudson r.hudson at ucl.ac.uk
Wed Apr 29 07:08:14 UTC 2015

Hello David. I haven't read your paper, but I'd be interested to do so, 
as no doubt would others on this list. You seem to be denying that 
vocabulary size is related to social class in anglophone countries. At 
least for the UK, I thought this relation was accepted as fact. But 
maybe I've misunderstood.


On 29/04/2015 01:09, Johnson, David C wrote:
> This paper aims to outline the misguided underpinnings of the “word 
> gap” concept promoted by Hart and Risley (1995). This concept posits 
> that a “30 million word gap” between children of poverty and those 
> from affluent households accounts for widespread academic disparities. 
> Based on this premise, there has been a recent surge in educational 
> programs that are based on a deficit view toward the language patterns 
> of families from economically impoverished backgrounds.
> http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/JME-12-2014-0044
> -- 
> *David Cassels Johnson, Ph.D.*
> Assistant Professor, Foreign Language and ESL Education
> University of Iowa
> 240 Lindquist Center North
> Iowa City, IA 52242
> (319) 335-6175

Richard Hudson (dickhudson.com)

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