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Standard English, Black English, and Bidialectalism

A Controversy


Hanni U. Taylor

From the cultural depravity theory of the past to equitable cultural and linguistic diversity in the composition classroom, this book investigates the complex impediments encountered by black inner-city students in a predominantly white suburban college environment. Hanni U. Taylor arrives at a new synthesis of research in linguistics, rhetoric, and related disciplines, and her own experiences as teacher and immigrant. In her study she shows how subliminal barriers to interracial communication are decreased, and writing performance of minority students is increased, as a result of distinct methods which reflect respect for cultural and linguistic diversity.