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ERIC Number: ED071039
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 10
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Register-Social Variation in Language: Implications for Teaching Reading to Ghetto Black Children.
DeStefano, Johanna S.
This study investigated how much of the Language Instruction Register (variation in language in different social situations) black-vernacular speaking children had acquired by grades one, three, and five. A sentence repetition task was devised which contained selected Language Instruction Register forms having black ghetto vernacular semantic equivalents. One hundred-eighty Black students in ghetto area schools, were asked to repeat each sentence immediately after hearing it. One of the major findings was that approximately two-thirds of all the responses made by the ghetto black children on the sentence repetition task were Language Instruction Register responses. In first grade, fifty-six percent of the responses were made in the Language Instruction Register forms. By fifth grade, slightly over seventy percent of the responses made to sentence repetition tasks contained Language Instruction Register forms such as "I don't have any," instead of the vernacular equivalent "I ain't got none." The data seem to indicate a steady increase in acquisition of certain forms within the Language Instruction Register. (Author/WR)
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