Language: Articles and Reports  |   August 1994
Dialectal Forms During Discourse of Poor, Urban, African American Preschoolers
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Language: Articles and Reports   |   August 1994
Dialectal Forms During Discourse of Poor, Urban, African American Preschoolers
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research August 1994, Vol.37, 816-823. doi:10.1044/jshr.3704.816
History: Accepted 12 Jan 1994 , Received 11 Jun 1993
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research August 1994, Vol.37, 816-823. doi:10.1044/jshr.3704.816
History: Accepted 12 Jan 1994 , Received 11 Jun 1993

This study describes nonstandard syntactic and morphological forms used by 45 poor, urban, 4- to 5.5-year-old African American boys and girls. Distributional analyses revealed three subgroups distinguished by the percentage frequencies of occurrence of utterances containing specific forms, and by the predominant types used by each group. Implications for characterizing the linguistic productions of young African American children are discussed.

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