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Language and Poverty: Perspectives on a Theme

reviewed by Rose-Marie Weber - 1971

coverTitle: Language and Poverty: Perspectives on a Theme
Author(s): Frederick Williams (ed)
Publisher: Markham Publishing, Chicago
ISBN: , Pages: 459, Year: 1970
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Linguists have often been criticized for their cavalier attitudes toward "correct" English. They have questioned the inflexibility of standard English, insisting that the classroom standard is not appropriate to nonacademic moments, and have dismissed the indignation over the "permissiveness" in sourcebooks like Webster's Third. They have time and again deplored the attitudes and poor understanding that educators harbor about language, but by and large have avoided discussing the implications for society that rigid values about language may hold. Until recently they have seemed insensitive to the most elementary social facts, as though they did not realize that only speakers with high status in mainstream society could comfortably ignore questions of correctness. Few suggested that such speakers themselves might sustain correctness in language, to quote Donald Lloyd, "as a covert and pusillanimous means of establishing [their] own superiority."1 Recently, as concern for equality in education has increased, many questions have arisen about the evaluation of language and its use as an index for other capacities. As Frederick Williams' book,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 1, 1971, p. 134-136
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1636, Date Accessed: 4/19/2021 9:17:55 AM

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