Chapter published in:Three Streams of Generative Language Acquisition Research: Selected papers from the 7th Meeting of Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition – North America, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Edited by Tania Ionin and Matthew Rispoli
[Language Acquisition and Language Disorders 63] 2019
► pp. 59–82
Variability within varieties of English
Profiles of typicality and impairment
In this article, I present findings from studies completed with children who speak nonmainstream dialects of English, including African American English as spoken in LA, MI, and the Gullah/Geechee Corridor of SC and Southern White English as spoken in rural LA by children with and without Cajun influence. Using these studies, I describe some of the ways in which typically developing child speakers of various nonmainstream dialects differ from each other and some of the ways in which nonmainstream English-speaking children with specific language impairment differ from their same dialect-speaking, typically developing peers. I conclude that profiles of typicality and impairment are not the same – the latter contributes a more restricted range of variation than the former.
Keywords: dialects, linguistic variation, typical development, child language impairment
Published online: 15 April 2019
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