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ERIC Number: ED131501
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Chicano Compositions: Interference, Intralanguage, Integration.
Merrill, Celia
In order to better understand the characteristics of the Chicano dialect of English, 93 freshman composition papers written by 48 Chicano students at Pan American University in Edinburg, Texas, were examined. The primary concern of this examination was to categorize, ultimately to explain, the morphological and syntactical variations from a norm. Two methods were used in this study: contrastive analysis, useful primarily for explaining phonological differences, and error analysis. Preliminary findings of the study show that further research should focus on whether the systematic variations discovered in these written samples are features integrated into the Chicano dialect of English or are idiosyncratic oversights or errors. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (27th, Philadelphia, March 25-27, 1976) ; Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original