Unclear on American Campus: What the Foreign Teacher Said
rkephart at unf.edu
Mon Jun 27 16:37:48 UTC 2005
At 10:48 AM +0100 6/27/05, Anthea Fraser Gupta wrote:
>...So some real disorder can be overlooked...
I wonder.... What is the frequency of children with language problems
that result from a neurological or anatomical pathology ( as opposed
to merely having acquired the wrong accent or dialect)? Is such an
estimate even available, given the folk tendency to confuse these two
My own starting null hypothesis would be that given that language
acquisition is an outcome of normal human growth and development,
i.e. not "taught," the % of real pathologies should be not much
different from the % of pathologies observed with regard to
acquisition of bipedal walking, which like language is not "taught."
Am I totally out of line here? Does anybody know?
>Linguists shouldn't be complicit in systems of prejudice.
Not only that, I think that we have, as the professionals involved, a
moral obligation to call attention to instances where language
"policies" are really covers for racial and other prejudices.
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