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ERIC Number: ED120664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 141
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The Effect of the Grammatical Features of Their Dialect on the Reading Comprehension of Speakers of a Nonstandard Black Dialect of English.
Franke, Mary Ferguson
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of the grammatical features of their dialect on the reading comprehension of speakers of a black nonstandard dialect of English. Subjects were 119 fifth grade speakers of black English (BE) in 13 classes in three semirural school districts of a southern state. An oral test in standard English (SE) was administered to elicit SE grammatical patterns or patterns typical of BE dialects. Two cloze tests, one in SE and one in BE, with every seventh word deleted, were constructed to test reading comprehension. All subjects took both tests. On the SE cloze reading comprehension test, scores of children who could produce and comprehend oral SE were significantly superior to the scores of the children who had difficulty in producing and comprehending oral SE. A low but significant correlation was found between the scores on the dialect screening test of oral SE production and comprehension and scores on the SE cloze test. Also significant was the correlation between the oral dialect screening test of SE production scores and the BE cloze test. No significant difference in scores between the SE and BE cloze tests was found for any of the three groups divided on the basis of their performance on the oral tests of SE production and SE comprehension. (Author/JM)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky