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ERIC Number: ED109649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 138
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The Effect of Altered Syntax on Reading Performance: A Study of Standard English and Black English Speaking Second Grade Children.
Flegenheimer, Hannah
This study was designed to explore the role of the syntax of beginning readers' spoken language in their reading performance. In order to be able to isolate and manipulate the syntactic variable, two alternative forms of English, Standard English and Black English, were used. Sixty second-grade children participated in the study. Each child was asked to read orally two stories at an early second-grade reading level. One story was presented in Standard English and the other in Black English. The results of the Standard English-speaking group confirmed the hypothesis that the syntax of the child's oral language plays an important role as a probabilities code for accurate oral reading. There was no evidence in the data from this study to support the contention of some psycholinguists that Black English-speaking children should be taught to read with the use of Black English materials. (Author/RB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Columbia University