ERIC Number: ED083628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Language Behavior in a Black Urban Community. Monograph of the Language-Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 2.
Kernan, Claudia Mitchell
Based on research conducted in Oakland, California, between 1965 and 1967, this dissertation explores some aspects of language behavior in a black working-class community. Chapter 1 deals with selected features of the code which serve to differentiate the speech community from others and compares the findings of the present study with those of researchers in other geographical areas. In chapter 2, the folk labels for some phonological, grammatical, and lexical variants are discussed in conjunction with attitudes toward these variants. Chapter 3 deals with the ethnographic description of several speech acts: signifying, marking, and loud-talking. Conclusions are then provided, references are cited, and the distribution of finite forms of "be" in a speech sample and samples of Black English sentences edited by four teenage native speakers are appended. (Author/HOD)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Dialects, Dialect Studies, Doctoral Dissertations, Language Patterns, Language Research, Language Role, Language Styles, Sociolinguistics, Speech Communication, Speech Habits
Univ. of California Language-Behavior Research Laboratory, 2224 Piedmont Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 94720 ($3.50)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.