Reading and Readability Resources
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.
ERIC/CLL LANGUAGE LINK - An Online Newsletter
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.
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. http://sundaygazettemail.com/News/News/200110073/
Chronicling America, America's historic newspapers. Search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.