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ERIC Number: ED054663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 54
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Black High School Students Evaluations of Black Speakers.
Hensley, Anne
This study examines the attitudes which black high school students hold toward other blacks when they speak standard English and when they speak black English. Tenth-grade black students listened to recordings of black speakers, each using both standard English and black English for the same text. The students were asked to judge the speakers on several personality characteristics, such as friendly, honest, unselfish, intelligent, good looking, lucky, etc. The statistical results provide a measurement of attitudes that the students hold toward the dialects used in the test. According to the results, there is an overwhelming preference for speakers of standard English. The context of the experiment must be considered along with the results, and reasons for the results should be questioned. Black students and teachers need to be taught what linguists have discovered--that black English is a valid and systematic language and that it is an imminently suitable medium of expression. (Author/VM)
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