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ERIC Number: ED010688
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Mar-5
Pages: 40
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Reference Count: 0
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SOME SOURCES OF READING PROBLEMS FOR NEGRO SPEAKERS OF NON-STANDARD ENGLISH.
LABOV, WILLIAM
AN ATTEMPT IS MADE TO SUPPLY A SYSTEMATIC BASIS FOR THE STUDY OF THE ENGLISH OF NEGRO AND PUERTO RICAN CHILDREN AND FACTUAL INFORMATION SO THAT TEACHERS AND TEXT WRITERS CAN DESIGN THEIR EFFORTS WITH THESE SYSTEMS IN MIND. THE TWO BASIC TYPES OF PROBLEMS ARE (1) IGNORANCE OF STANDARD ENGLISH RULES ON THE PART OF SPEAKERS OF NONSTANDARD ENGLISH, AND (2) IGNORANCE OF NONSTANDARD ENGLISH RULES ON THE PART OF TEACHERS AND TEXT WRITERS. THE AUTHOR CONSIDERS THE FIRST-PRIORITY PROBLEM TO BE THE ABILITY TO READ AND COMPREHEND. HE SUMMARIZES THE PHONOLOGICAL AND GRAMMATICAL FEATURES FOUND GENERALLY IN NEGROES' SPEECH AND THE CONSEQUENCES OF THESE PROBLEMS FOR THE TEACHING OF READING. THE MOST SERIOUS DIFFICULTY RESULTS FROM THE DEVIATION OF THE UNDERLYING GRAMMATICAL STRUCTURE OF NONSTANDARD SPEECH FROM THAT OF STANDARD ENGLISH. (KL)
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