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LD Vocab Chapter 7

Dialectal Differences: African-American English as a Case Example

Dialect a variety of speech characterized by its own particular grammar or pronunciation, often associated with a particular geographical region
Standard American English (SAE) This is the version of the English language that is regarded as the model in America for writers and speakers who are considered educated.
African-American English (AAE) Dialect of some African American communities characterized by certain pronunciations, idioms, and grammatical constructions different from those of Standard English.
Speech Community a group of people sharing a given language or dialect
Language Deficits Implies unacceptible use or deficiencies in use of language.
Language Differences Relates to different ways of speaking English, with no implication made regarding levels of acceptability, capabilites of speakers, or the superiority of one dialect over another
Communicative Contexts Situation in which communication is taking place; may be physical location or include identity and characteristics of the listener
Street Register Relaxed manner of talking to peers at school and on the street
School Register More formal manner of talking used when addressing authority figures in the school environment
Vernacular everyday language
Dialectal Continuum Range of features of a dialect that may be incorporated into everyday speech
Dialect Importation Two dialects in close gographical proximity borrowing from one another, so that there is a mutual influence on the dialects
Bidialectalism the ability to speak two or more dialects and to switch easily between or among them.
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