End of ADS-L Digest - 5 Jan 1997 to 6 Jan 1997 ********************************************** There are 17 messages totalling 285 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Ebonics and LSA conference 2. text for language and gender 3. phonetics book? 4. WOTY (2) 5. Year 2000 (4) 6. "Ebonics" 7. WOTY 97: palmtop? 8. [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (3) 9. [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -Reply 10. A new term? 11. hoopty/hooptie ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 7 Jan 1997 05:54:16 -0700 From: Peter Farruggio 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? Pete Farruggio Oakland, CA >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.