ERIC Number: ED236731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-29
A Stylistic Content Analysis of Speeches of Black College Students.
Evans, Adeline L.; King, Thomas R.
A study investigated the speaking styles of black college students to determine whether selected stylistic features of speeches of students at a predominantly black university were different from those of black college students at a predominantly white university. Audiotapes were made of 25 students at the predominantly black university and 21 students at the predominantly white university. Samples were taken from the beginning, middle, and end of each speech and coded for word length, sentence length, segmental type-token ratio, adjective-verb quotient, T-unit length, Flesch's Reading Ease Score, and Flesch's Human Interest Score. Results of the present study and results of studies by other researchers were generally similar. However, the two groups of speeches in the present study were significantly different in three areas: word length, sentence length, and Flesch's Reading Ease Score, with students at the predominantly black school using longer sentences and more syllables per word, and producing less listenable speeches. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
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