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ERIC Number: ED201989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Figurative Devices in Black Language: Some Socio-Psycholinguistic Observations. Reading Education Report No. 20.
Taylor, Marsha; Ortony, Andrew
To make teachers more aware of certain linguistic skills possessed by black children, why they are important, and how they might be capitalized upon in the classroom, this report examines the manipulation of figurative devices within the black community. The discussion focuses on seven forms of communicative devices prevalent in black language: (1) the rhetorical style of black ministers; (2) proverbs and sayings; (3) idioms; (4) folktales; (5) signifying; (6) marking; and (7) sounding. The paper concludes that black children receive a great deal of exposure to metaphorical language and seem to understand it. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.