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Subject: Classics in Educational Linguistics
Question: I recently began a reading group focused on the general area of language and education, aimed at postgraduate students. In advance of the next year's sessions, I wanted to cast around so that I could draw on a wider pool of papers. To that end, I was hoping some of you would be good enough to recommend some ''classic'' papers in Educational Linguistics (or, more generally, dealing with the intersection between language and education). You can read ''classic'' however you like (important, seminal, cutting edge, personal favourites). Essentially, any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I can be emailed at With best wishes, and thanks in advance, Mark
Reply: As you can see from our lack of responses, there probably hasn't been as much research done as there should be. One of the few articles I've seen for educators that combines sound linguistic theory with educational issues is the following. (2012) "Factoring AAVE Into Reading Assessment and Instruction" Rebecca Wheeler, Kelly B. Cartwright, Rachel Swords The Reading Teacher Volume 65, Issue 6, pages 416–425, March 2012 I will say that Vygotsky is a very influential author for educators, including those specializing in second language acquisition, so he is important to know. In terms of linguistics though, he seems to assume a strong language-thought connection (i.e. strong Sapir-Whorf hypothesis) which is definitely not assumed by many linguists. Vygotsky's model of language acquisition is also different from a Chomskian model which assumes that there is some innateness in how language is learned.
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 20-Jun-2013
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  1. Re: Classics in Educational Linguistics    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (10-Jun-2013)
  2. Re: Classics in Educational Linguistics    James L Fidelholtz     (10-Jun-2013)

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