A Review of Developmental and Applied Language Research on African American Children: From a Deficit to Difference Perspective on Dialect Differences 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 ... Review Article
Review Article  |   January 01, 2010
A Review of Developmental and Applied Language Research on African American Children: From a Deficit to Difference Perspective on Dialect Differences
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ida J. Stockman
    Michigan State University, East Lansing
  • 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.
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Review Article
Review Article   |   January 01, 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: Received July 23, 2008 , Accepted December 15, 2008
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, January 2010, Vol. 41, 23-38. doi:10.1044/0161-1461(2009/08-0086)
History: Received July 23, 2008; Accepted December 15, 2008
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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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