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ERIC Number: ED426408
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
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Black English Speakers: An Examination of Language Registers of High and Low Achieving Black Elementary School Students.
Moore, Juel Ann
A study examined the personal linguistic range of registers held by low socioeconomic black students to see if they differed from those of middle income children and to what degree this correlated to school achievement. The study used a modified version of both analytic induction and constant comparison. Subjects attended a Title 1 magnet school in a school district in the southwestern part of the United States located on the periphery of an inner city community. Participants were 8 fifth grade black students (4 boys and 4 girls) from 3 different classrooms in the school; 4 of the 8 were high achievers and 4 were low academic achievers; 4 were from lower income families and 4 were from middle income families. Results indicated that, on average, the 4 high achieving black students tended to use a language register that resembled mainstream English. Findings suggest that exposure to language influences the range of a student's register and that success in school may be related to the close approximation of the student's language to the language of the classroom and textbooks used. (Contains 150 references and 2 tables of data.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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