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ERIC Number: ED140326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
"How" You Say Is What You Are: A Study of Adolescent Language Valuation.
Chachere, Ernest G.; King, Viola D.
Even in culturally homogeneous settings, language has an important role in the social interaction of adolescents. This study investigated the importance of values concerning dialect and language variation in a group of 62 ninth-grade students. Subjects, 23 black, 21 white, and 18 native Spanish-speaking individuals, were asked to listen to a tape of the following language varieties: standard English spoken by a white speaker, black nonstandard English, English spoken by a native Spanish speaker, and nonstandard English spoken by a white speaker. Subjects were asked to record their reactions to the individual speakers with regard to their intelligence, friendliness, and desirability as friends. Data revealed that all groups rated the white standard English variation most positively. Even the speakers of the other variations in question, black nonstandard English and Spanish-influenced English, expressed a negative evaluation of their own dialects. Findings suggest that language is, indeed, a function in the value system of adolescents. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Report prepared at Southern University of New Orleans