ERIC Number: ED035879
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Sep
Child Black English in Northern Florida: A Sociolinguistic Examination.
Houston, Susan H.
The writer, who feels that the chief differences between Black English (BE) and White English (WE) are phonological and not syntactic, reports on a sociolinguistically oriented examination of that variety of English spoken by children in rural Northern Florida (CBE/Fla). Twenty-two black children between the ages of nine and 12 were taped individually and in group interviews over a period of two weeks. Observations of this and other data led to a postulation of a specific linguistic "register," or range of styles of language. The "school" register, which the children used during the first interviews, was non-fluent and distinctively different from the "non-school" register, in which they were verbal, fluent, and articulate. Implications of this distinction between registers are discussed in the light of disparate theories of the relationship between BE and WE, and their pedagogical applications, particularly in the teaching of reading. In presenting a linguistic analysis of CBE/Fla, the author lists the phones, a probable inventory of phonemes, and their phonological rules. She found four main morphosyntactic deviations from standard WE, namely the use of "be" in the present tense. Appended is a sample transcription of "The Three Little Pigs," as told by a verbally gifted 11-year-old boy in CBE/Fla. (AMM)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southeastern Education Lab., Atlanta, GA.