ERIC Number: ED162312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Patterning of Language Variation in Writing.
Terrebonne, Nancy G.; Terrebonne, Robert A.
The occurrence of Black English Venacular (BEV) dialect features in the writing of 42 inner-city college students was studied using such sociolinguistic methods as variable rule analysis, computer programs, and implicational scales. A comparison of the patterns found in the subjects' writing with those found in spoken BEV revealed that sometimes, as in /-t, d/ deletion, the patterns in writing parallel the patterns in speech. However, in other cases, such as the hypercorrect verb plural "s," the feature patterns in writing differ from those in speech. The results of this research should be directed toward composition teachers to help them understand their students' writing problems and also toward linguists to show that writing can also be a source of data to study the patterning of language variation. (FL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (18th, St. Louis, Missouri, November 4-6, 1976) ; Best copy available