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ERIC Number: ED117780
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 283
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Language Strategies in Media Content Directed to Urban Black Primary Children: A Content Analysis of Selected Books, Films and Television.
Becker, Carol Rose Sciuto
The purpose of this study was to ascertain the awareness and application of Black English features by writers and producers of materials for young children which represent black characters in a fictive setting. The study was limited to materials which were available to inner city children in Cleveland, Ohio, through libraries. Fifty-three fiction books, eleven films and/or sound filmstrips, and selected episodes from four television programs were examined for the presence of specified contextual elements which would affect the language strategy and structure used by the characters. Each of the media was also examined for the application of certain phonological, grammatical and lexical features of Black English. Some of the conclusions reached were that through contextual elements, books reveal a similarity in setting, family composition, number of children, sex of the main character and socio-economic level; while films present a generalized portrait of the urban setting, they do not give more than minimum contextual details; and television programs showing black characters tend to portray stereotypes. (Author/TS)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Case Western Reserve University