Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 05:54:16 -0700
From: Peter Farruggio pfarr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Subject: Re: Ebonics and LSA conference
The following was posted to another list. The wire service report of the
LSA conference resolution was also printed in the San Francisco Chronicle
last week and something in the report made it seem that the conference
endorsed the position that Ebonics is a language , not a dialect
Anybody know more about this?
An article appeared in this morning's _Chicago Tribune_ discussing the
Linguistic Society of America conference that took place this week in
Chicago. It reports that a resolution was approved at the meeting
describing Ebonics as "a systematic and rule-governed method of
communication" and concluding that African-American students "could best
learn [standard English] if their native tongue was acknowledged and used
by their teachers in the classroom." The article goes on to say that this
position is consistent with extensive linguistics research dating back to
the '50's and that the current controversy arises from a "lack of credit"
accorded to research in this area.