Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Katherine Snow Egan

Second Committee Member

Walter L. LaDue

Third Committee Member

Hyrum S. Henderson


Children come to school speaking the language of their speech community. For some children, the language in their speech community is a variety of English that differs from standard English or what may be called "school English." These children may experience great difficulties in speaking standard English. This problem is one of social class dialect rather than regional language variation. The purpose of this study is to describe certain characteristics in which the language of a class of third grade Negro children differs from standard English.


Note: The terminology present in this thesis is a product of its time and may be seen as racist or culturally insensitive by today's standards.