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Bad Accents

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172485
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0006
 Bad Accents

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This chapter discusses attitudes toward regional and ethnic English dialects, and ebonics. It is argued that mainstream perceptions of ethnic, regional, and social dialects often reflect stereotypes about the intelligence and industriousness of dialect speakers. These perceptions also reflect assumptions about dialects creating communication barriers and having negative economic consequences. The dominant viewpoint advocates assimilation to an idealized Standard English rather than accommodation of mainstream discourse to bidialectism and vernacular discourse.

Keywords: regional dialects; ethnic dialects; ebonics; standard English

Chapter.  8158 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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