Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1993 15:43:41 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: diversity of accents Tim-- Thanks for the pin:pen item. In the late '60s we got the state of Texas textbook adoption process (thanks to Mary Galvan) to require that all English texts recognize the validity of regional variants, and many publishers complied but linguists in NCTE and elsewhere have lost the impact that Marckwardt and Allen and McDavid were having at that time, and textbooks have seriously backslid. So if journalists are ignorant, the problem really starts with uninformed English teachers. I don't know what to do about it, but I find the state of ignorance today compared to 20 years ago depressing. We can't blame it all on the Reagan administration, but it will continue to regress unless we figure out something to do about the situation. The news on your book was good to hear: can you give everyone on the network the full bibliographic information and price? It could be useful as a text. On TV and basic language acquisition: If you find the reference, it would be interesting to have. Some years ago a Spanish monolingual child in Austin was left alone with the TV as a baby-sitter while both the parents worked, and when the girl started school, she did not know a word of English except apparently to identify it as "background noise". For six weeks she wandered around the classroom and paid no attention to the teacher. Only when a student of mine who was bilingual (Caroline Willard) sat her down and clued her in and gave her some English vocabulary did she begin to pay attention. --Rudy Troike