Linguistic Perspectives on Language and Education

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 266 pages

Language issues are intrinsically part of every classroom setting. Therefore, there is a need to present the linguistic perspective to all teachers and teachers-in-training. This perspective assumes that a complex system is learned by children at an early age with little conscious instruction. It recognizes that languages change over time and that variation, based on region, ethnic identity, gender, social class, and social context, is inherent to language. Focusing more on the practical than the theoretical, Barry aims to engage teachers and education students in discussion of the relevance of linguistics to teaching and to encourage them to bring their own expertise to the discussion.

Based on the research of scholars in linguistics and related disciplines, Barry's volume helps teachers synthesize some of the foundations of classic linguistic study with important, current findings. She starts by acquainting the reader with fundamentals of linguistics, then she moves on to discussions of teaching grammar and the history of English orthography. An entire chapter is devoted to the process of child language acquisition and another to the obstacles that some people face when attempting to learn a language. The work concludes with pieces on language policies and language literacy. Group exercises and suggested projects are included to facilitate the exchange between linguistics and education. The book is a must for those interested in the fundamental role of language in education.

 

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Contents

Phonetics
13
Phonology and Morphology
35
4 Syntax and Grammar Teaching
55
5 Language Change and Variation
83
6 The Written Word
121
7 Using Language in Context
143
8 Child Language Acquisition
167
9 Language Disorders and Impairment
193
10 Language Planning and Policy
213
11 Linguistics and Literacy
235
Glossary
253
Index
261
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ANITA K. BARRY is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Michigan, Flint.

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