Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 07:54:45 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Language and Intelligence
We all believe that you can get to a person's inteligence by noting the way
Spose you ask the following:
'A puppy is to a dawg jes lahk a kitty is to a (choose one):
People who say 'Ah reckon hit's a 'a,'' or 'Dat ansuh be 'a'' are (if the
test is a good one, and I do not promise that I have done all the necessary
research to determine that it is for all English-speaking populations and
ages) intelligent. You can tell by the language they use; they give the
People who say 'In my personal opinion, the correct answer is 'b' are
dumber than home-made shit. You can tell from the language they use. It
contains the wrong answer.
We don't have to write 'The Logic of Nonstandard English' all over again, do we?
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu
I'm just curious to know if anybody out there still holds the belief that
a persons intelligence can be measured by the way they speak?