ERIC Number: ED137812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Imitation Technique: A Tool for Ascertaining an Index of Bilingualism and Bidialectalism in Primary-Grade Children through Analyses of Recoding Errors.
Tilley, Sally D.
In order to study the syntactic components which operate in the imitation and recoding of standard English by bilingual and bidialectal children, a sample of 20 multiethnic Spanish speakers and 20 black English speakers was drawn from children in the first, second, and third grades of a metropolitan bilingual program. The ability of these children to reproduce the syntactic features of the Linguistic Structures Repetition test gave an index of errors in the recoding of standard English. Results of the study show that repetition of standard English sentences by black nonstandard English-speaking children and by Spanish-speaking bilingual children is not merely mimicry of the surface structure of the utterance but is often a recoding into a first language or dialect. Teachers and teacher trainees, by noting imitations of standard English structures, can pay special attention to children's recoding processes and can become familiar with the characteristics of the linguistic production of children who do not speak standard English or who have transference problems from a bilingual environment. They can thus adjust their teaching methods to help children overcome language difficulties. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (5th, New Orleans, November 1976)