ERIC Number: ED066933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar-5
Reference Count: 0
The Social Evaluation of Speech: Implications from the Laboratory to the Classroom.
Lee, Richard R.
The teaching of dialect modification has been justified by the barrier postulate which says that lower class speech prevents upward social mobility. When translated into a testable hypothesis, the barrier assumption has not been confirmed. The movement called dialect modification did not arise from empirical research in social cognition, but instead from the intuitions of scholars trained in linguistics. What is different in the communication patterns of the poor goes beyond the phonology and syntax of the sentence and linguistic analysis to the broad basis of communication skills and points out the need for communication training. (Author/VM)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communication (Thought Transfer), Connected Discourse, Experiments, Language Instruction, Language Programs, Lower Class, Nonstandard Dialects, Racial Factors, Role Perception, Social Influences, Social Mobility, Speech, Speech Education, Standard Spoken Usage, Tables (Data)
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Note: Paper presented at the Fifth Annual TESOL Convention, March 5, 1971, New Orleans, La.