LINGUIST List 12.2663

Wed Oct 24 2001

Qs: Dialect/Academic Performance, Suggestion

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  1. Stefan and Kim Taylor, DIALECT AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
  2. Ernest McCarus, Query Illustrations

Message 1: DIALECT AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 00:04:02 -0700
From: Stefan and Kim Taylor <pavon2gte.net>
Subject: DIALECT AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE


Dear Colleagues,

I have done research that indicates that students who speak AAE are at
a greater disadvantage academically than other students. I am
interested in comparing the academic performance of African American
students to other students who have dialects that vary from standard
English. Right now I am considering comparing African American
students to Latin Americans and Appalachian Americans. I have heard
that these dialects are very similar. If this is true, I would like
to see how these groups perform academically and determine the extent
that dialect plays in succeeding academically. Does anyone have any
information regarding this subject? I would appreciate any help I
might receive. Are there other dialects that should be included in
this comparison. Please tell me what you think.

Thank you.

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Message 2: Query Illustrations

Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2001 15:16:54 -0400
From: Ernest McCarus <enmumich.edu>
Subject: Query Illustrations

One of the great benefits of the LinguistList is the ability to request and 
receive help on issues on an infinite number of topics; these might be 
theory-specific issues, data, bibliography, etc. I would like to suggest 
that any such request be provided with illustrative examples. This will 
avoid any ambiguities inherent in the question and save a lot of 
going-back-and-forth that I have seen often, so saving every one's time and 
effort. It may, further, educate many readers on a new point of theory or 
approach and perhaps open up useful new avenues of inquiry for them; and it 
might even be possible that an illustrative example will trigger in me, for 
example, some data or bibliography that I might know that might prove 
useful to the inquirer in spite of my technical ignorance of the field.

Ernest McCarus
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