CLS Speaker Series - Janna Oetting (Louisiana State University) Variability within Varieties of English: Profiles of Typicality and Impairment
Variability within Varieties of English: Profiles of Typicality and Impairment
Although advances have been made in the study of childhood language impairment in nonmainstream dialects of English, there remain significant gaps in our knowledge of these dialects and of the manifestations of impairment within them. These gaps in the literature create barriers to the representation of nonmainstream English-speaking children within applied and theoretical research, and this impedes the development of valid and efficient clinical services for children who speak these dialects. Within this talk I will present findings from studies conducted with children who speak different nonmainstream dialects of English, including African American English as spoken in MI, DC, rural LA, and the Gullah/Geechee Corridor of SC, and Southern White English as spoken in rural LA by children with and without a Cajun French heritage. Using data from these studies, I will present some of the ways in which child speakers of various nonmainstream dialects differ from each other and some of the ways in which nonmainstream English-speaking children with language impairment differ from their same dialect-speaking, typically developing peers.