Chapter published in:Acquiring Sociolinguistic Variation
Edited by Gunther De Vogelaer and Matthias Katerbow
[Studies in Language Variation 20] 2017
► pp. 185–212
The relationship between segregation and participation in ethnolectal variants
A longitudinal study
The social structure provided by schools may play a significant role in shaping the speech of youth by fostering contact between distinct varieties (Britain 1997; Trudgill 1998). This analysis uses data from a longitudinal study of language and literacy development to explore the role of school demographics in determining trajectories of dialect patterns among African American school children in central North Carolina. Results identify distinct relationships between phonetic and morphosyntactic subsystems and school demographics. These results have implications for educational and policy issues related to the U.S. academic achievement gap and point to the need for further research on factors that influence the language of young speakers.
Keywords: Sociophonetics, adolescence, childhood, vocalic variation, morphosyntactic variation, African American English, longitudinal analysis, dialect density measure, quantitative analysis, segregation, school demographics
Published online: 30 September 2017
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