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ERIC Number: ED091759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Rystrom Dialect Test, and Testing Negro-Standard English Dialect Differences.
Rystrom, Richard
Designed to discriminate Negro dialect speech from standard English, the Rystrom Dialect Test seeks to overcome three problems encountered in research about Negro speech; determining what stable elements distinguish Negro dialect from standard English, constructing a test easily administered to a young child and capable of measuring the differences in dialect, and finding unbiased and simple methods of evaluating test results. The test consists of 24 pairs of sentences which the student hears and repeats twice, once with the features under study occurring in the sentence and once without the feature. Speakers on the test tapes are white--an Illinois female, a Georgia male, and a Georgia female. Results of the test administered to 120 Negro and 100 white children in Georgia indicate a significant mean difference. [This document is one of those reviewed in The Research Instruments Project (TRIP) monograph "Measures for Research and Evaluation in the English Language Arts" to be published by the Committee on Research of the National Council of Teachers of English in cooperation with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills. A TRIP review which precedes the document lists its category (Standard English as a Second Language or Dialect), title, author, date, and age range (preschool, primary), and describes the instrument's purpose and physical characteristics.] (JM)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
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