From Here to There and Back Again: Forty Years of Research on African American Children's Language Purpose The purpose of the current study was to perform a cross-disciplinary review of literature published over the last 40 years that has focused on exploring and/or explaining the language behaviors of African American children. Method A content analysis of peer-reviewed articles ... Article
Article  |   August 17, 2018
From Here to There and Back Again: Forty Years of Research on African American Children's Language
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • RaMonda Horton
    Speech-Language Pathology, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
  • Valerie Johnson
    Speech-Language Pathology, Midwestern University, Downers Grove, IL
  • Nicole Koonce
    Department of Communication Disorders, Governors State University, University Park, IL
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  • Financial: RaMonda Horton has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Valerie Johnson has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Nicole Koonce has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Part 2
Article   |   August 17, 2018
From Here to There and Back Again: Forty Years of Research on African American Children's Language
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 57-70. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.57
History: Received January 30, 2018 , Revised May 8, 2018 , Accepted June 1, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, August 2018, Vol. 3, 57-70. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG14.57
History: Received January 30, 2018; Revised May 8, 2018; Accepted June 1, 2018

Purpose The purpose of the current study was to perform a cross-disciplinary review of literature published over the last 40 years that has focused on exploring and/or explaining the language behaviors of African American children.

Method A content analysis of peer-reviewed articles indexed in ERIC and PsycINFO was completed for the years 1977–2017.

Results There has been an increase in the amount of research addressing developmental information and assessment for African American children. However, there are significant gaps in the literature related to African American adolescents, intervention, and other areas.

Conclusion Ecologically valid frameworks will be necessary to produce a richer and varied body of research on the language behaviors of African American children.

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