Article/Report  |   June 1998
Socioeconomic Status and Gender Influences on Children's Dialectal Variations
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Article/Report   |   June 1998
Socioeconomic Status and Gender Influences on Children's Dialectal Variations
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research June 1998, Vol.41, 618-626. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4103.618
History: Accepted 20 Sep 1997 , Received 10 Dec 1996
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research June 1998, Vol.41, 618-626. doi:10.1044/jslhr.4103.618
History: Accepted 20 Sep 1997 , Received 10 Dec 1996

This investigation compares dialect use by African American children differing in socioeconomic status (SES) and gender. Subjects were 5- and 6-year-old boys (n = 30) and girls (n = 36), who were kindergartners attending schools in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Comparisons of the amount of dialect in the children's spontaneous discourse revealed systematic differences relative to SES and gender in the frequencies but not the forms of dialect in use. Children from lower-income homes, and boys, were more marked dialect users than their middle-class peers or girls. The sociolinguistic implications of the findings are discussed.

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