ERIC Number: ED123920
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Some Observations and Comments on Interracial Sociolinguistic Language Behavior of High School Youth. Papers from the Michiagan Linguistic Society Meeting, Vol. 1, No. 2.
DeFilippi, Mary L.
Investigating the general hypothesis that word connotations differ between black and white youth peer groups, the author solicited personal reactions among black and white eleventh- and twelfth-graders to a list of twelve current complimentary and "fighting" jargon words. This hypothesis was accepted, and three others were suggested and developed; (1) Interpretations of word meaning by members of one racial community are often partially modified or completely changed by another racial community; (2) Where a clear experience of separate language socialization characterizes each racial community, conflict is likely to be derived from, if not exacerbated by, language differentiation; and (3) Lack of recognition of different word meanings in various racial groups by controlling groups strengthens the inter-racial communications barrier as well as the communication barrier between the total black and white community and the controlling groups. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Association (Psychology), Behavior Patterns, Black Attitudes, Emotional Response, Language Variation, Racial Attitudes, Racial Differences, Racial Factors, Semantics, Sociolinguistics, Student Attitudes, Vocabulary
David Lawton, English Department, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48859 ($3.00 each issue)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant. Dept. of English.