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Re: Writing and reading in dialect

John Foster
My first rant of the week.

I started reading Stephen Pinker's book " The language Instinct" it was way too advanced for me, and I gave up on it. The one take-away that I remember is that spoken dialects ( urban African American, rural Appalachian, Newfoundland Canadian, Jamaican etc. ) are legitimate ways of speaking. While they may not be "textbook English" , they have their own unwritten ( but well adhered to) rules of syntax and pronunciation; and are efficient ways of communicating among the speakers. They are not "joke" languages or signs of cultural or intellectual inferiority.

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