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typos and more

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dell bleekman (hceng002)
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 09:14:52 -0800 (PST)

mark wrote, in part:

"Spellin don't make no nevermind if dems dat say stuff is herd. It wood
be a mity sad day wen nobody rote nothin hear cause day was fearin makin
sum stupit spelin goof. Litin upp aredy!"

this recent thread of typos troubles me; less because of the actual
spelling errors but more because of how many on the list are
characterizing these typos.

Forgive me for straying away from arts education and into linguistics and
english, but when folks on the list parody typos it ends up looking very
similar to certain written black english vernacular (look at certain
works of alice walker, toni morrison, marilyn waniek, etc.). This gives
the impression that a vernacular is really just an error-ridden version
of "good" edited standard english.

Certainly this is not intentional; I have no doubts that all on our list
are very aware of respecting students' native languages, dialects, and
registers. I just wanted to bring this to the attention of the list as it
was troubling me.


  • Maybe reply: betti longinotti: "Re: typos and more"