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ERIC Number: ED183662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Sociocultural Dialects and School Achievement.
Edwards, Frances L.
This paper deals with the claims concerning the presumed language deprivation of lower-class blacks, and the findings of sociolinguists that refute these claims. The author asserts that the perceived deficiencies of non-Standard English were largely the product of middle-class intuitive assumptions concerning lower-class speech, and that recent investigators have shown that the relationship between the use of certain sociocultural language varieties and school failure is correlational, at best. Assumptions that (1) black children enter school being almost devoid of language; (2) there is more reliance on non-verbal communication in lower-class homes; (3) language is terse and not necessarily grammatical in lower-class homes; (4) lower-class language is inadequate as an aid and tool in abstract conceptualization: and (5) lower-class language serves as a means of social distinction which can limit opportunities for upward mobility, are discussed in light of recent research. Also discussed is the role of schooling in the perpetuation of social stratification. (Author/RLV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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