ERIC Number: ED026130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
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An Investigation of the Standard-Nonstandard Dimension of Central Texan English. Part of the Final Report.
Stolz, Walter; Bills, Garland
The speech of 23 people in a rural Texas community was studied. The population of the area was over 90 percent white Anglo-Protestant. The subjects varied from illiterate to college educated and ranged in age from 17 to 60 years. Seventeen dialect features were chosen as illustrative of the variations in the use of linguistic forms for people of this geographical area. It was assumed prior to the study that there existed a continuum on which both the speaker and the dialect features could be located. Twelve of the 17 dialect features were analyzed. A correlation was found between dialect score (DS) and amount of education of the subject; the higher the education, the closer the speaker was to the standard English end of the continuum. A similar result was found between DS and socioeconomic level. In another part of the study, one of the dialect features was intensively analyzed for the speech of 12 subjects. A correlation was found between socioeconomic class and the use of "have" or "have got," with the lower classes using "have got." (WD)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Child Development Evaluation and Research Center.