Dialect or Deficit? Honoring the Southern Appalachian Dialect Through Scholarship, Storytelling and Literature

By Melinda Richards and Suellen Alfred.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Drs. Suellen Alfred and Melinda L. Richards will do a 60-minute presentation on the Southern Appalachian dialect and its implications for promoting literacy in the classroom.

Keywords: Appalachian Dialect, Ulster Scots, Literacy, Storytelling

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 3, Issue 8, pp.61-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.791MB).

Dr. Melinda Richards

Dr Richards is Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders, having joined the communication disorders faculty at Middle Tennessee State University in August 1997 following seven years serving the children of the Putnam County Schools as a speech-language pathologist. Dr Richards is active at the state and national levels of the professions of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. She is Past-President of the Tennessee Assn. of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, a member for six years of the Council of State Association Presidents, and currently serves at the request of the Governor of Tennessee on the Tennessee Board of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has served the university community as a Senator on the Faculty Senate, and as a Mentor for a student in the McNair Scholars Program, dedicated to the recruitment of undergraduates for graduate and doctoral study. Her research interests include the study of Appalachian English dialect, disorders of the professional voice user, and childhood phonological disorders.

Dr. Suellen Alfred

Dr Suellen Alfred is Professor of English Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Tennessee Technological University since 1990. She is a co-author of "Teaching Through Stories: Yours, Mine, and Ours", and is presently working on a volume of poetry, to be released in 2006. She has been active at the state and national levels of English Education through memberships in the National Council of Teachers of English and the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English. Dr Alfred has been editor of the Tennessee English Journal, and is presently the editor of "Personal Reading" Column for The English Journal, a national publication. She is an adjudicator of writing samples on several national tests for the Educational Testing Service. Among her many interests is the study of Appalachian English Dialect, from the perspective of promoting literacy among its constituents.


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