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Where Do Words Come From

Important Articles written by Experts on American Dialect Speakers

"Ebonics in My Backyard," by John R. Rickford

"The Ebonics controversy in my backyard: A sociolinguist's experiences and reflections,"
"Using the Vernacular to Teach the Standard," "Suite for Ebony and Phonics," "The Creole Origins of AAVE: Evidence from copula absence" and "Dialect Readers Revisited." by John R. Rickford


CNN reports on Ebonics: Dec. 24, 1996 , Education secretary: No federal funds for 'black English'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Education Secretary Richard Riley repeated the government's position Tuesday that black English, or Ebonics, is not a distinct language from standard English and is ineligible for federal bilingual funding. Dec. 22, 1996 , Dec. 19, 1996

Talking the Talk : A Discussion of AAVE from 1994

Teaching About Dialects - Kirk Hazen, West Virginia University
The study of dialects offers a fascinating approach to learning about language. Ideally, by learning about how language varies geographically and socially, students will come to understand at least two basic facts about language: 1) that language changes over time, and 2) that language use is linked to social identity.


Dialects in Education

Language Diversity

ERIC/CLL LANGUAGE LINK - An Online Newsletter From the
ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics

Thematic Reading Curriculum - Find out what this is and how to use it to teach reading in the k - 8 classroom.

What is Grammar?

Mary Newton Bruder, aka the Grammar Lady runs a free grammar hot line (800-279-9708 ) has a doctoral degree in linguistics, and she's written books, scholarly articles and newspaper columns on the English language.

Bilingual Education Resources

Chronicling America, America's historic newspapers. Search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.