english lit

Topics: Language, Dialect, Teacher, Slang / Pages: 2 (840 words) / Published: Sep 28th, 2014
English Language

In response to the Independent article titled "Ere, gis a job" I think that the head teacher produced the letter in order to try to get parents to teach their young children and correct their grammar whilst they are still able to absorb such dialect instead of growing up thinking that slang words or shortened sayings are acceptable for example when they are going to interviews for jobs they may in fact be disadvantaged if they were to use sayings such as "I dunno" instead of "I don’t know". I think the head teacher is merely trying to point out that she believes they are not going to get far in life if they use such slang words instead of proper dialect when speaking to professional individuals, she is saying that slang to her is a bad thing and therefore believes that not using slang such as the above words, but by parents correcting them if they do use such words in their everyday life, would set a good example for their children's dialect in their future. She is also saying to the parents of the children in her school that she doesn’t like how their children are speaking, the way in which they are pronouncing their words.

I have a very biased view on the letter the head teacher has sent out to parents. I agree with some of what she is saying such as when she is saying about the children been more disadvantaged if they are not corrected on their word pronunciation, but that if they are taught the difference between what slang is to local dialect traditions and when to use and not use them it would be okay. I think she could of worded it much better as to some parents it might seem as though she is questioning their parenting skills.

Some of these I agree with, for example the dropping of 'TH' in word like three and 'Your' when it is actually meant to be 'You're' However to ban the use of the word NOWT, when it is not a local dialect word but a Scots word used the country over is just plain wrong and showing ignorance in the behalf of the

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