African-American English and Linguistic Complexity in Preschool Discourse A Second Look Research Article
Research Article  |   January 1995
African-American English and Linguistic Complexity in Preschool Discourse
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Holly K. Craig, PhD
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Julie A. Washington
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Contact author: Holly K. Craig, PhD, Communicative Disorders Clinic, University of Michigan, 1111 E. Catherine Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109–2054
    Contact author: Holly K. Craig, PhD, Communicative Disorders Clinic, University of Michigan, 1111 E. Catherine Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109–2054×
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / School-Based Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   January 1995
African-American English and Linguistic Complexity in Preschool Discourse
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1995, Vol. 26, 87-93. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2601.87
History: Received March 2, 1994 , Accepted August 26, 1994
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 1995, Vol. 26, 87-93. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2601.87
History: Received March 2, 1994; Accepted August 26, 1994

This study is a follow-up to that of Craig and Washington (1994) and probes further their finding of a potential positive relationship between amounts of African-American English (AAE) and linguistic complexity in the discourse of young, poor, urban African-American boys and girls. The present study used the earlier outcomes to predict a statistically significant positive relationship between AAE form use and relational semantic complexity, and nonsignificant correlations for simpler semantic relations. Findings confirmed these predictions and are interpreted as support for the continuity hypothesis proposed by Terrell and Terrell (1993).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The authors wish to thank Minnie O. Phillips, PhD, Barbara Crandall, and the children and parents for their cooperation and participation in this project. The data collection was supported in part by a Biomedical Research Support Grant administered by the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Michigan.
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