Article/Report  |   April 1998
Performances of Young African American Children on Two Comprehension Tasks
 
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  • Corresponding author: e-mail: hkc@umich.edu
  • ©1998, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language
Article/Report   |   April 1998
Performances of Young African American Children on Two Comprehension Tasks
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1998, Vol. 41, 445-457. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4102.445
History: Received February 7, 1997 , Accepted August 28, 1997
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1998, Vol. 41, 445-457. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4102.445
History: Received February 7, 1997; Accepted August 28, 1997

This investigation examines the performances of 63 urban 4-to 7-year-old African American children from middle-income homes on two tasks designed to assess the development of comprehension skills. Performances on a task designed to elicit responses to wh-questions, and another to distinctions between active and passive sentence constructions, revealed grade effects and a positive relationship to age. The findings are discussed in terms of the appropriateness of using tasks of these types with young African American boys and girls who are dialect users.

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