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ERIC Number: ED149621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Aug
Do They Talk the Same Language? Lexical Interface and Ethnicity.
Bikson, Tora K.
Spontaneous speech performance of ethnically diverse subjects was investigated by measuring within- and between-group lexical interface and by assessing direction of vocabulary overlap. Interview data were collected from 144 elementary school children, comprising equal white, chicano and black subsamples evenly divided among lower and upper grades. Analyses focus on whether texts exhibit a single lexicon better accessed by white subjects or, instead, generate plural lexica accessed with comparable adequacy by each ethnic group. Similar within-group lexical styles emerged. However, interface exploration found minority lexica to be different from and broader than the white lexicon they partially subsume. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Black Youth, Child Language, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Ethnic Groups, Ethnicity, Language Research, Language Styles, Language Usage, Lexicology, Mexican Americans, Minority Groups, Spanish Speaking, Speech Communication, Vocabulary, White Students
Publications Department, The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.