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ERIC Number: ED163490
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Black Dialect: Myth and Reality.
Gantt, Walter
Based on transcribed conversations with black children in kindergarten and the intermediate grades, a study was devised to determine whether black urban children from lower socioeconomic areas speak a systematic, consistent form of nonstandard English, and if so, to provide a syntactical analysis of the dialect of nonstandard speakers. Speech samples from five groups of black children (kindergarten children, low achieving readers, better achieving readers, lower socioeconomic children, and higher socioeconomic children) were coded and tabulated according to the frequency and relative percentage of use of seven standard and eight nonstandard speech characteristics. No support was found for the notion that black nonstandard English was used consistently or that it provided a separate dialect. There was considerable overlapping in the use of both standard and nonstandard speech in the groups, and standard usage was dominant. (A transcribed and coded speech sample and the guide for interpreting speech characteristics are appended.) (MAI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Study prepared at the University of Maryland