ERIC Number: ED095541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
A Test Used to Determine the Extent to Which the Whorf Hypothesis and the Bernstein Thesis Are Applicable to Either Black Dialect or to Standard English.
Fox, G. Thomas, Jr.
Syntactical rule differences in black dialect that can be more helpful to young adolescents' perceptions than the corresponding rules in standard English were studied. The syntactical rule in black dialect that was identified as being more explicit than the corresponding rule in standard English was the invariant "be" verb form (as in "I be honest"). The perception studied was young adolescents' recognition of apparent contraditions; for example, in a given situation, a person can be honest and lying. Results suggest that more emphasis be placed upon young adolescents as rule-makers and rule-users. Theories such as the Whorf Hypothesis and the Bernstein Thesis did not satisfactorily explain the decision-making processes used by the children when deciding to use or not to use two contradictory words to describe the same person or object. (RB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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