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ERIC Number: ED086966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Pages: 187
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Awareness of Black Dialects by First- and Fifth-Graders as Related to Race, Socioeconomic Status, and Sex.
Knapp, Margaret O.
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between age, ethnic group, socioeconomic status, and sex, and the development of an awareness of the social and racial significance of language dialects. Eighty children from first and fifth grades served as subjects. The subjects were presented with four tasks: (1) a discrimination task of their ability to hear minimal differences in paired sentences, one having Standard English features, the other Black English features; (2) an identification task as to whether a sentence in Black English or Standard English had been stated properly or improperly from a teacher's point of view; (3) an identification task indicating the race of the speaker of Standard English or Black English; and (4) an identification task that required the subjects to identify a speaker according to social class. An analysis of variance was performed for each task. The results indicated that awareness of the social and racial significance of dialect does increase from first to fifth grade, the differences between black students and white students in the identification of Standard English forms was not significant, and no social or sex differences were found for any of the four tasks. (WR)
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Note: D. Ed. Dissertation, Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey