ERIC Number: ED122555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Black Language: Different, Deficient or Natural?
Roberts, Ruth S.
Reviewed are research and literature related to language development in culturally different children, and reported are results from a study of the written language of 120 fifth grade students randomly selected from four schools that varied in racial populations. It is explained that Ss came from schools which were 96% Black, 62% Black, 30% Black, and less than 1% Black. Samples of unstructured class compositions and structured cloze procedure paragraphs are said to have been analyzed for number of words in a composition, average words per sentence, type-token ratio from the composition, and the exact and syntactically correct words from the cloze. Among findings reported were that as the percentages of Black students increased in the School, the incidence of Black construction increased without a reduction in language scores. Implications for dealing with language in the schools are suggested, such as acceptance of natural language through the second grade. (LS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention, The Council for Exceptional Children (54th, Chicago, Illinois, April 4-9, 1976)