ERIC Number: ED052279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr-30
Reference Count: 0
Syntactic Elaboration in the Speech of Lower-Class Black Children: A Review of the Evidence.
Ammon, Paul R.
In this report, previous studies are reviewed in order to reconsider the assumption that lower class black children are generally deficient in their ability to produce syntactically elaborated speech. Though several studies have seemed to confirm the elaboration-deficiency hypothesis, the evidence presented is not convincing. Specific critiques of previous studies were that they: (1) confounded elaboration with dialect differences; (2) were not sufficiently sensitive to the content and context of sentences; (3) involved questionable decisions as to the elaborateness of syntactic forms; and, (4) were generally too gross to permit adequate interpretation of data. (Author/DM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.; National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of Human Learning.
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association, San Diego, Calif., April 1971