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ERIC Number: ED046659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Pages: 16
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Auditory Discrimination, Dialect and Reading Achievement.
Wilcox, Margaret R.
The relationships between Southern Negro dialect exposure, age, reading ability, and auditory discrimination were studied. The subjects were 112 students randomly selected from grades 2 and 4 from two elementary schools in Richmond and Martinez, California. The predominant speech pattern at one school was Southern Negro dialect; at the other school, Standard English. The Wepman Auditory Discrimination Test as recorded by a dialect speaker and a Standard English speaker was administered. The results indicated a significant relationship between auditory discrimination and age and between auditory discrimination and reading ability. The subjects who were exposed primarily to Standard English had significantly fewer errors in discriminating word pairs pronounced in Standard English as well as those pronounced in Southern Negro dialect. This superior performance by the Standard English sample was interpreted as suggesting that familiarity with the speech pattern context of the presentation was not a significant factor in phonemic auditory discrimination ability. Tables and references are given. (Author/DE)
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.