ERIC Number: ED147851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Black Children's Perception of the Use of Their Dialect.
Mays, Luberta F.
In this study, two hypotheses are examined: (1) There is a positive correlation between the incidence of dialect speech of black second graders and their perception that dialect speech is "bad." (2) Use of dialect speech does not interfere with the speaker's ability to identify words in traditional orthography. The study established language styles of black second graders by recording phonemic characteristics of their speech, asked the youngsters to judge the "rightness" of words pronounced both in dialect and in standard English, examined the relationship between use of dialect speech and the ability to identify words written in standard English, and contrasted three groups using dialect speech in classes where different approaches to teaching reading were being used. Results of findings showed that black children perceive black dialect in a positive way and that these children are able to identify words spelled in traditional orthography. Ten detailed tables and a comprehensive bibliography accompany the study. An appendix presents the complete picture folder and recording sheet used in the research. (MAI)
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Black Youth, Decoding (Reading), Dialect Studies, Language Usage, Nonstandard Dialects, Phoneme Grapheme Correspondence, Primary Education, Reading Achievement, Reading Development, Self Evaluation
R&E Research Associates, Inc., 4843 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94112 ($8.00 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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