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ERIC Number: ED172547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 7
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Reference Count: 0
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Comments on Grammatical Structures in Non-Standard Speakers.
Eisikovits, Edina
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, v1 n1 p33-8 Dec 1977
This assumption that non-standard speakers are limited in their linguistic ability is examined based on a larger study investigating the speech of working-class adolescents in Sydney, Australia's inner-city areas. Speech samples of four children are presented. An examination of verbal structures reveals that there is a predominance of simple verbs; there are also multi-auxiliary verb structures. The production of these forms indicates that the speaker does have such a structure within the linguistic range. There is also evidence within all four speakers of ability to handle a wide range of possible structures, ranging from simple one or two clause sentences to the most complex of embedded structures, comprising up to ten clauses. The four non-standard speakers exhibit a sure control of a wide range of verbal and structural patterns in their spoken language. This proficiency with language exists alongside of a proliferation of popularly-stigmatized non-standard dialect forms. The children who exhibited the greatest number of non-standard forms in their speech also used the most complex structures. Implications for teachers are cited. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Australia (Sydney)