ERIC Number: ED108240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Black Nonstandard English in the High School. Studies on Developing Competence in Standard English II.
Connecticut Coll., New London. Dept. of Psychology.
The three experiments reported in this document are all concerned with high school students' use of Black English. For the first experiment, the hypothesis was that lessons in grammar would aid speakers of Black English in developing competence in standard English. Results of this experiment were inconclusive. The second experiment showed that elementary school children who speak nonstandard English read texts in standard English as well as they read texts in their own dialect and that their oral reading errors are as often translations from nonstandard into standard as vice versa. The third experiment showed that black children use more Black English forms in retelling exciting stories than in retelling academic material. The audience to whom they told the stories also affected the standardness of their speech, but girls and boys did not differ in this respect. Tables of findings and a list of references are included. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Connecticut Coll., New London. Dept. of Psychology.