Black English and Standard American English Constrasts in Consonantal Development of Four and Five-Year Old Children Four- and five-year old black and white children of black English and standard American English backgrounds, respectively, were administered a standard articulation test. A contrastive analysis revealed phonological differences in consonantal development between the two dialectal groups. However, contrasts were reflected more in number of developmental errors than in form ... Reports
Reports  |   August 01, 1981
Black English and Standard American English Constrasts in Consonantal Development of Four and Five-Year Old Children
 
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Reports   |   August 01, 1981
Black English and Standard American English Constrasts in Consonantal Development of Four and Five-Year Old Children
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1981, Vol. 46, 274-280. doi:10.1044/jshd.4603.274
History: Received March 1, 1979 , Accepted August 12, 1980
 
Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, August 1981, Vol. 46, 274-280. doi:10.1044/jshd.4603.274
History: Received March 1, 1979; Accepted August 12, 1980

Four- and five-year old black and white children of black English and standard American English backgrounds, respectively, were administered a standard articulation test. A contrastive analysis revealed phonological differences in consonantal development between the two dialectal groups. However, contrasts were reflected more in number of developmental errors than in form of errors. Thus, the extent of differences noted between adult phonologies of black English and standard American English were less evident in emerging phonologies since unique error types were not exclusively characteristic of either group. These findings have implications for articulation testing of black English speaking children who have not acquired their adult phonology.

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