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ERIC Number: ED354515
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
I'm LIKE, Fed Up! Observations on the Use of Nonstandard "Like."
Stowell, Jessica
A study investigated why nonstandard "like" is used, how nonstandard "like" is used, and whether the users and hearers of nonstandard "like" view it as standard English. Subjects were 65 students taken from speech classes at Tulsa (Oklahoma) Junior College, Southeast Campus--53 of the students were users of "like," 7 were not users, and 5 were unsure. Subjects were tape recorded in small conversational groups of two to six to obtain samples of their speech, wrote a short narrative about some event which had been discussed, and were administered a survey. Results indicated that: (1) subjects recognized the fact that they were using "like" or "be like" in a nonstandard fashion; (2) 57 of 65 subjects placed a negative connotation on the nonstandard use of "like" or "be like"; (3) when asked why people use nonstandard "like," the majority responded with answers which indicated a deficiency in language usage; and (4) users used either "like" as a focuser, or "be like" as a quotative, but rarely mixed the two forms. Findings suggest that it is the responsibility of the professor, or classroom teacher, to provide a means for students to purge the nonstandard use from their vocabularies and to replace it with other more acceptable words and phrases. (Two appendixes of data, partial transcripts of conversations, and the survey instrument are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A