ERIC Number: ED022187
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Social Dialects in Detroit. Final Report.
Shuy, Roger W.
This document comprises the final report of the Detroit Dialect Study (see also AL 001 422 and AL 001 419). In order to contrast the speech patterns of various socio-economic groups, the research design included--(1) randomly selecting approximately 700 Detroit residents of four major age groups from an enumerated population providing as few biases as possible; (2) developing a suitable questionnaire; (3) interviewing these people to solicit at least three styles of speech (conversational, single response style, and reading style); (4) securing background information about each informant (sex, race, age, education, birthplace, etc.) to correlate speech with social stratification; and (5) analyzing linguistic data and correlating it with sociological information. This document comprises a report on goals of the research, field methods, analytical procedures, structural frequencies, computer based phonological analysis, and some sociolinguistic implications for the teaching of standard English. In discussing these implications, particular attention was given to determining the attitudes of local teachers toward the language used by their students, the role of linguistics in developing and sequencing materials for teaching standard English as a second dialect, and the definition and importance of functional bi-dialectalism (or "biloquialism"). (JD)
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Dialect Studies, English Instruction, Ethnic Groups, Field Interviews, Nonstandard Dialects, Phonology, Questioning Techniques, Questionnaires, Regional Dialects, Research Design, Research Methodology, Social Attitudes, Social Dialects, Social Differences, Sociolinguistics, Standard Spoken Usage, TENL, Urban Culture, Urban Language
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Identifiers: Detroit Dialect Study; Michigan (Detroit)