Maintaining the Integrity of Home Linguistic Varieties Black English Vernacular Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult  |   January 01, 1993
Maintaining the Integrity of Home Linguistic Varieties
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Lynda R. Campbell, PhD
    Department of Communication Disorders, Saint Louis University, 3733 West Pine Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult   |   January 01, 1993
Maintaining the Integrity of Home Linguistic Varieties
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1993, Vol. 2, 11-12. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0201.11
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, January 1993, Vol. 2, 11-12. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0201.11

Many young African American children use a linguistic variety commonly referred to as Black English Vernacular (BEV) that is different from the linguistic standard expected and required in schools. Maintaining students’ home linguistic varieties (as one form of communication) is important for self-esteem and self- and group-identity. Because speech-language pathologists may serve as consultants to early childhood teachers, and may also provide second dialect instruction, what are some possible practices that may lessen the possibility of jeopardizing the integrity of students’ home linguistic varieties?

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