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ERIC Number: ED039528
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Pages: 8
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Field Techniques in an Urban Language Study.
Bachmann, James K.
From sociolinguistic and dialect research have merged three hypotheses concerning the comparison of American Negro and white speech: (1) there is little difference in the linguistic usage of Negroes and whites of similar socioeconomic status; (2) Negroes have a separate dialect with its own phonological, grammatical, and lexical features; and (3) some language features, while not exclusive to Negroes, are used more often by them than by whites. The data from the author's investigation tends to support the third position. A statistical difference significant at the .01 or .05 level seems to confirm the author's hypotheses that Negro children and adults show a higher proportion of nonstandard grammatical forms than do the corresponding white children and adults, and that the children show proportionately higher nonstandard usage than do their parents. The data here suggest that differences between the races decrease with age. Discussed also are methods used to collect and analyze data, and recommendations for selecting informants, questionnaires and outside consultants. (AMM)
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Note: Paper given at the fourth annual TESOL Convention, San Francisco, California, March 18-21, 1970