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May 21 - Conclude discussion of,Ebonics controversy Debate...

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May 21, 2008 Conclude discussion of ‘Ebonics controversy’ Debate over bilingual education vs. English Only African-American reaction: Negative ~Support: *The Linguistics Society of American voted unanimously to support the Oakland resolution. ~Discussion *What are some reasons for such negative reaction? From the media? From African Americans? -Misconceptions about AAE -Implies African-Am. Can’t learn SAE -Stems from misinterpretation of wording of resolution ~Wording of Oakland resolution *’genetically based’ *’primary language’/’not a dialect’ *’instruction in’ *’bilingual’ ~The Genetic Issue: “African Language Systems [Ebonics] are genetically based.” *Popular Interpretation: Blacks(of any nation) are biologically predisposed to speak Ebonics. *Linguistic Understanding: “genetic” refers to linguistic origins (or ‘genesis’) in W. African languages, not biological predisposition. ~The Separate Language Issue: “[Ebonics] is not a dialect of English” *Popular Interpretation: Ebonics is a separate language.
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