AAVE lessons?

Guest   Thu Sep 06, 2007 3:03 pm GMT
The "superstandard" rears its ugly head in SAT test.

Form: Selected Annotated Bibliography on The SAT: Bias and Misuse

Hoover, M. R., Politzer, R. L., & Taylor, O. Bias in Reading Tests for Black Language Speakers: A Sociolinguistic Perspective. In A. G. Hillard III (Ed.), Testing African American Students: Special Re-Issue of The Negro Educational Review. Morristown, NJ: Aaron Press, 1991.

"Addresses biases in language and reading tests for speakers of Black English and members of other socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic groups. Biases include use of an elaborate, stylized “superstandard” English, rather than simple, basic language in questions and instructions, and
“lexical” bias which disadvantages students unfamiliar with certain words because of class, geographical or interpretation differences from the norm expected by the test. Both types of bias cause a student’s abilities to be measured inaccurately."
Jasper   Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:33 pm GMT
<<Is General American English also stigmatized in some communities?>>

It is stigmatized in parts of the South.
K. T.   Thu Sep 06, 2007 8:10 pm GMT
Jasper is correct. I try to use standard English and sometimes that makes me seem uppity (or possibly a foreigner) to some people.