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ERIC Number: ED062350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 5
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A Comparison of First Grade Negro Dialect Speakers' Comprehension of Standard English and Negro Dialect.
Ramsey, Imogene
Kentucky English Bulletin, v21 n2 p21-5 Winter 1972
In a study of Negro children's listening comprehension, conducted in 1969, the following hypotheses were tested: (1) Beginning first-grade Negro dialect speakers who scored high, average, and low on readiness tests show no significant differences in their ability to answer literal comprehension questions about stories presented orally in standard English and in Negro dialects; and (2) When retelling stories presented to them orally in standard English or Negro dialect, beginning first-grade Negro dialect speaking children who scored high, average, and low on readiness tests, demonstrate no significant difference in the extent to which they include the following: a. Accurate literal statements, b. Accurate interpretative statements, and c. Evaluative statements. The listening comprehension test consisted of four short fables which had animal characters and were considered free from cultural and sex bias. Ten questions were used to check literal comprehension of two of the stories, and all four stories and the questions were translated into Negro dialect. Sixty subjects, 10 boys and 10 girls in each of the three readiness categories, were assigned alternately to the standard English or the Negro dialect treatment group. Based on the results, it is concluded that use of Negro dialect or standard English made no significant difference in ability to answer literal questions; sex and level of readiness did, however. (DB)
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