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ERIC Number: ED140221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Speaking Black and Reading Standard (English).
Lass, Bonnie
In this investigation, 72 second-, fourth-, sixth-, and eighth-grade speakers of black English were studied in an attempt to determine whether a relationship exists between the speaking of black English and the reading of standard English. Two variables of oral language were examined: the degree of divergence from standard English and the ability to code-switch from black English to language closer to standard English. It was hypothesized that those children whose variety of black English most closely resembled standard English and those children who were best able to code-switch would be the best readers. The scores for dialect variety and code-switching were correlated with raw scores from the SRA Assessment Survey reading subtest. In addition, the oral language variables were correlated with grade level and sex variables. Analysis of the data indicated that the degree of divergence of the subjects' speech from standard English showed no significant relationship to their reading scores, that the ability to code-switch showed no significant relationship to reading scores, and that findings related to grade level and sex differentials were largely nonsignificant. (GW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (22nd, Miami Beach, Florida, May 2-6, 1977)