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ERIC Number: ED075813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 156
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The Receptiveness of Black Students to Dialects Sometimes Different from Their Own.
Cox, Adrienne Flore
This study sought to determine (1) what attitudes black children have at the primary level, fifth grade, and eighth grade regarding dialects sometimes different from their own, and (2) what cues children use in identifying the race or ethnic background of taped speakers. An audio tape was made of thirteen speakers retelling Aesop's Fables. The speakers were three black and four white males, and three black and three white females. After listening to these speakers of various American dialects, the children answered a questionnaire in which they identified the speaker and the speaker's race and/or ethnic background by selecting photographs of the assumed speaker. Personal interviews with six children from each grade provided reasons for some of the selections. Included among the seventeen conclusions that were drawn from the study were: that most inner and outer city black children in the fifth and eight grades did not compare their own voices to the speaker when evaluating the voices; that inner city children identified black speakers more often than outer city children; and that outer city fifth and eighth graders perceived their voices as being different from those of white speakers. (Author/DI)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Wayne State University