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ERIC Number: ED123600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 23
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Black Second Graders' Perception of Their Dialect Speech and Their Ability to Recognize Traditional Orthography.
Mays, Luberta
This four-part study, which focused on the relationship between the incidence of Black English and the child's perception that Black English is not preferred speech, identified the phonological characteristics in the dialect speech of black second grade children of low socioeconomic background in New York City public schools. Specifically, the study (1) established language styles of black second graders by recording phonemic characteristics of their speech, (2) asked each child to judge the "rightness" of words pronounced in dialect and in standard English, (3) examined the relationship between the use of dialect speech and the ability to identify words written in traditional orthography, and (4) contrasted groups using dialect speech where different approaches of teaching were used. Results of the study showed that children preferred dialect speech and that dialect speech does not interfere with the child's ability to identify words in traditional orthography. Three appendixes contain copies of material used in the study. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (21st, Anaheim, California, May 1976)