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ERIC Number: ED215290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 44
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Black Dialect: What Is Its Effect on Learning to Read?
Mayfield, M. Kent
In analyzing the issue of the extent to which speaking a nonstandard dialect of English affects a child's ability to learn to read, this paper reviews linguistic and reading research from the 1960s to the present and notes how that research has changed and developed. Based on this research, the paper argues that (1) there is no direct causal relationship between speaking black English and reading failure; (2) interference is an inadequately defined concept, that phonological interference has little effect on learning to read, and that grammatical interference is not a major cause of reading problems; (3) the usual models of reading and of reading comprehension fail to consider how the syntactic and graphonological organization of written language mediate between the message and the reader's comprehension of it; and (4) the most important causes of reading failure among black English speakers can be assigned to pragmatic factors. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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