ERIC Number: EJ639131
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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An Investigation of T-Units in African American English-Speaking and Standard American English-Speaking Fourth-Grade Children.
Smith, Tina T.; Lee, Evan; McDade, Hiram L.
Communication Disorders Quarterly, v22 n3 p148-57 Spr 2001
This study investigated the dialectal sensitivity of the T-unit as a nonbiased alternative for assessing the oral grammatical skills of school-age, nonstandard English speakers. Analysis of language samples from 28 9-year-old children (half African-American) revealed no significant differences between groups, suggesting that the T-unit may be a culturally fair, dialectally nonbiased measure for assessing language ability. (Contains references.) (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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