The author is grateful to Professor Evelyn Hatch of the UCLA Department of English for valuable advice and help in conducting this investigation.
BLACK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ REACTIONS TO BLACK SPEAKERS OF STANDARD AND BLACK ENGLISH
Article first published online: 27 OCT 2006
© 1972 Language Learning Research Club, University of Michigan
Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 253–259, December 1972
How to Cite
Hensley, A. (1972), BLACK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ REACTIONS TO BLACK SPEAKERS OF STANDARD AND BLACK ENGLISH. Language Learning, 22: 253–259. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-1770.1972.tb00086.x
- Issue published online: 27 OCT 2006
- Article first published online: 27 OCT 2006
The “Matched Guise” technique was used to measure reactions of 120 black high school students towards taped voices of black persons when they speak Standard English (SE) and when they speak Black English (NNE). Subjects, speakers of NNE, listened to taped voices of bidialectal speakers, the two dialects of each speaker maximally separated on the tapes. Voices were rated on a semantic differential scale for 14 traits obtained from equivalent Ss. Subjects revealed an overwhelming preference for the SE guise. Interactions of dialect with speaker sex and student sex are discussed. Three explanations considered are: a) influence of school test context, b) adequacy of traits, and c) that Ss may, indeed, accept values of the dominant culture regarding language standardization.