ERIC Number: ED057021
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Aug
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A Comparison of Certain Relationships among Selected Phonological Differences and Spelling Deviations for a Group of Negro and a Group of White Second Grade Children. Final Report.
Sullivan, Richard E.
This study compares oral language production with the written realization of this production for a group of white and a group of Negro second graders attending public schools in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, respectively. Oral language production was assessed using the Gloria and David Oral English test, an individually administered audiovisual repetition task. Children were selected from all second grade classrooms in five participating schools. The spelling test consisted of 15 words selected from the phonological assessment according to the criteria of (1) a total number of production differences of 10% or more for all subjects in both groups who attempted the word and (2) the word contained a feature previously published research indicated as being pronounced with a high frequency of divergence for groups of Negro and white residents of the region. Conclusions include: (1) The white children were better able to produce the dialect of English presented by the model than were the Negro children; (2) Pronunciation differences which existed for the Negro pupils included those that existed for the white pupils; (3) A number of Negro pupils had the production capability for many dialect features of standard English; (4) The overall spelling performance of the white pupils was more rational than that of the Negro pupils. (Author/CK)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin.