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Edwin L. Battistella

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172485

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.001.0001

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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

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