Language and Status
- Labov, W. (1972) The Social Stratification of (r) in New York City
Department Stores. In Labov, W., Sociolinguistic Patterns.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.   In course packet.
Wenesday 25 October.
Presented by Marjie.
- Lambert, W.E. and G.R. Tucker (1976) Tu, Vous, Usted: A Social-
Psychological Study of Address Patterns Rowley, Massachusetts: Newbury House. Chapters 1-2.   In course packet.
Friday 27 October.
Presented by Riel.
- Rickford, J.R. (1999). African American Vernacular English.
Malden, Mass.: Blackwell. Chapter 15: Suite for Ebony and Phonics;
Chapter 16: Using the Vernacular to Teach the Standard.
In course packet.
Monday 30 October.
Presented by Abbie G..
Assessment #3 Questions
(Due Friday 14 December)
- Briefly describe the research method used by Labov in the famous
study we read, and the results he obtained.
- Do the same for the Lambert and Tucker study on forms of address
in Canadian French.
- What was the consistent finding of the Ebonics studies cited by
Rickford? What was the actual goal of teaching Ebonics in the Oakland
schools, as opposed to what was being said in the popular press?
Suggestions for Further Research
- Investigate the use of the familiar/formal address distinction
in a language
with which you are familiar -- one that you speak or have studied.
- Research and summarize the Ebonics debate of the late 1990's,
covering the arguments presented by supporters and critics of the