From the Editor Less than a year ago, the nation was confronted once again with an opportunity to recognize and understand language differences, but instead the identification of these differences lead to a heated debate. That debate was in response to a controversial decision by the Oakland School Board to declare Ebonics ... Editorial
Editorial  |   October 01, 1997
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Editorial   |   October 01, 1997
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SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 1997, Vol. 4, 1-3. doi:10.1044/lle4.2.1
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 1997, Vol. 4, 1-3. doi:10.1044/lle4.2.1
Less than a year ago, the nation was confronted once again with an opportunity to recognize and understand language differences, but instead the identification of these differences lead to a heated debate. That debate was in response to a controversial decision by the Oakland School Board to declare Ebonics a separate language system.
Representing the interests of speech-language pathologists serving the language learning and educational needs of children, the Steering Committee felt it was important to re-examine some of the issues surrounding the Ebonics controversy. Therefore, the content focus for this newsletter is Ebonics. You will read various interpretations of what the issues are, why they exist and what the responsibility of speech-language pathologists might be. The viewpoints of knowledgeable individuals in linguistics, sociolinguistics and speech-language pathology were sought to address this issue. For me, it has been a venture into relatively new territory and one that has forced me to ask what my scope of practice should be.
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