Article  |   January 2010
A Review of Developmental and Applied Language Research on African American Children: From a Deficit to Difference Perspective on Dialect Differences
Author Notes
  • Contact author: Ida J. Stockman, Michigan State University, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Oyer Building, East Lansing, MI 48824. E-mail: stockma1@msu.edu.
Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity
Article   |   January 2010
A Review of Developmental and Applied Language Research on African American Children: From a Deficit to Difference Perspective on Dialect Differences
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 2010, Vol.41, 23-38. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0086)
History: Accepted 15 Dec 2008 , Received 23 Jul 2008
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools January 2010, Vol.41, 23-38. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0086)
History: Accepted 15 Dec 2008 , Received 23 Jul 2008

Purpose: The contemporary practices of delivering speech, language, and hearing services in schools reflect palpable gains in professional sensitivity to linguistic and cultural diversity.

Method: This article reviews the dominant research themes on the oral language of African American preschoolers who contribute to such diversity in the United States. Specifically, it contrasts the historical and current frameworks that have guided studies of (a) such children’s acquisition and use of English and (b) the strategies used to assess and modify their language.

Conclusion: Research initiatives that can expand knowledge about this group are proposed.

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