ERIC Number: ED043019
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Improving Oral Communication of Appalachian Youth Through Rhyme.
The object of this study was to develop a model from which Appalachian students can learn to differentiate between their dialectal pronunciation of certain vowels and the pronunciation of those vowels in Standard American English. A secondary objective of the model is to enable students to imitate Standard American pronunciation. The first phase of the study was concerned with identifying those vowels in which dialectal deviations occurred and in identifying the form in which these deviations manifested themselves. Four major deviations were identified. The study was also concerned with analyzing the consistency between students' pronunciation of these specific vowels and their spelling of words containing these vowels. Results indicated that a positive relationship between students' pronunciation and their spelling of these vowels existed. The second phase of the study was concerned with developing a method by which Appalachian students could learn to recognize those dialectal deviations identified in Phase One. An aural-oral approach using rhyme was developed. Results indicated that such a method was effective in helping students recognize the difference between their pronunciation of specific vowels and the pronunciation given these vowels in Standard American English. The appendix includes a prototype lesson. (Author/FWB)
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Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.