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ERIC Number: ED114835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 290
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The Black English Vernacular in the Writing of Young Adults from Dayton, Ohio.
Terrebonne, Nancy Goppert
This dissertation describes a study of the Black English Vernacular (BEV) based on 350 compositions written in the college classroom by 42 black students from working class and lower class families in a predominantly white university. The correlation between certain extralinguistic variables and over 20 linguistic variables was examined. Although there was a wide divergence in linguistic performance among the informants, it did not appear to correlate with any of the socioeconomic variables, although there was some evidence that sex was a factor in the use of certain BEV features. An important factor in determining ability to write in Standard English as opposed to BEV appears to be the kind and degree of motivation each individual has, specifically the desire to assimilate, both culturally and economically, to the middle class. The linguistic variables with the highest percentage of occurrence included possessive "'s" absence, third singular "s" absence, "a" before vowels, adverbial "s" absence, and double negatives. A further implication of this study is that a person who deletes the copula in writing is likely to use all the major BEV features studied. (Author/LL)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College