ERIC Number: ED477555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-24
Language Use in Multiethnic Literature For Young Adults.
This study analyzed ethnic authenticity with regard to language use in 16 books for children and young adults used in Central Michigan University's English 582 course, "Cultural Pluralism in Children and Young Adult Literature." Four ethnic groups were included: Native American, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American. To evaluate authenticity, the study used Gottlieb-Crowell's framework and examined the ethnic background of the author and inclusion of ethnically representative linguistic elements (the borrowing of lexical items from the native ethnic languages and the use of dialect patterns, both syntactic and lexical). Results indicate that there are distinctive patterns for dialogue and narrative language use in multicultural children's and young adults' literature related to ethnic groups. Analysis of the 16 books found 11 language use categories: informative, dialogue, standard English, eye-dialect, slang, proper nouns, common nouns, code switching interlanguage, glossary, and summary. In Native American texts, summaries of passages or the culture in general were typically provided. African American books typically used dialects, or eye-dialects and slang. Asian American stories presented interlanguage patterns. Hispanic American books generally used full lexical and syntactic code switching. A table demonstrates the books' receptive language use by ethnic group. The list of books is appended. (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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