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Title:The negotiation of language in college settings
Author(s):Clayton, Dominique
Advisor(s):Dixson, Adrienne
Department / Program:Educ Policy, Orgzn & Leadrshp
Discipline:Educational Policy Studies
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):African American English
higher education
Abstract:The study examines the role of language for college students that grew up in African American communities and that are speakers of African American English. The study looked at the participants’ everyday talk and how they talked about their language practices and experiences, socially and academically. The purpose of this study is to understand students’ practices and experiences with language in college settings. The method that was used to collect data was a focus group. The major themes that emerged from this study were centered on the labeling of languages/and or dialects that the participants spoke, code switching, negotiation of space and racialization of language. The participants showed the complexities of being an AAE speaker in higher education. Throughout the paper, there have been instances of the participants implying that their experiences on campus and, in general, schools go further than their language use. Research that further investigates how AAE speakers navigate college spaces and how they perceive language is needed to get a better understanding of student language needs in school settings. This research supports that language practices, behaviors and attitudes are complex; they are fluid and change as the social context changes.
Issue Date:2015-01-21
Rights Information:Copyright 2014 Dominique Clayton
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-01-21
Date Deposited:2014-12

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