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Attitudes of primary school Australian Aboriginal children to their linguistic codes

Rhonda Oliver, Glenys Collard, Judith Rochecouste, and Nola Purdie

A study examined the attitudes of Indigenous students from the south-west of Western Australia towards their first and second dialects, Aboriginal English and Standard Australian English, and the attitudes they attributed to parents, teachers and peers. The findings indicate that context and location were influential factors. Age and gender differences were not apparent. The students also attributed negative attitudes to significant others with regard to their use of both dialects.

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