Ebonics: The Subject Still Stirs Strong Feelings

Ronald Kephart rkephart at unf.edu
Wed Jul 25 16:22:15 UTC 2007


On 7/25/07 12:19 PM, "Anthea Fraser Gupta" <A.F.Gupta at leeds.ac.uk> wrote:

> Can anyone explain why all this literature refers to 'language acquisition'
> and not to 'the learning of Standard English'? Using 'language acquisition
> makes it sound as if children are coming to school without any language!
> 
And that¹s exactly what the dominant US folk ideology assumes about the
language of African Americans.

Ron


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