Social Class and Code Elaboration in Oral Communication The Bernstein thesis of elaborated and restricted coding orientation in oral communication was explored at an Australian tertiary institute. A working-class/middle-class dichotomy was established on the basis of parental occupation and education, and differences in overall coding orientation were found to be associated with social class. This study differed from ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1971
Social Class and Code Elaboration in Oral Communication
 
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  • Millicent E. Poole
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • T. W. Field
    University of New England, Armidale, Australia
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 1971
Social Class and Code Elaboration in Oral Communication
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1971, Vol. 14, 421-427. doi:10.1044/jshr.1402.421
History: Received October 9, 1970
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1971, Vol. 14, 421-427. doi:10.1044/jshr.1402.421
History: Received October 9, 1970

The Bernstein thesis of elaborated and restricted coding orientation in oral communication was explored at an Australian tertiary institute. A working-class/middle-class dichotomy was established on the basis of parental occupation and education, and differences in overall coding orientation were found to be associated with social class. This study differed from others in the area in that the social class groups were contrasted in the totality of their coding orientation on the elaborated/restricted continuum, rather than on discrete indices of linguistic coding.

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