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ERIC Number: EJ779603
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Evidencing Nonstandard Feature Dynamics: "Speak Aloud and Write" Protocols by African American Freshman Composition Students
Mix, Julie Ann
Written Communication, v20 n3 p307-332 2003
Via a Speak Aloud and Write protocol methodology, this study investigated the characteristics of the wording formulation process of a select group of 7 African American students in freshman composition who claimed nonstandard features were active at least 30% to 40% of the time while they composed their papers. Control of rhetorical context was established in terms of tone (formal), purpose (to explain or argue), audience (English instructor), and the time-place context ("simultaneously" spoken-written at one sitting). Two Speak Aloud and Write transcripts per participant were analyzed for grammatical and "pronunciation-related" nonstandard feature dynamics in reference to consequences on the page, given the requirements of freshman composition. Findings indicate complex dynamics at work in the form of 7 feature dynamic patterns and 19 variations, with particularly marked activity in relation to a consonant cluster reduction feature and to specific verbal nonconcord features. Also, students who shared feature dynamics pattern characteristics generally shared literacy background characteristics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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