Social Pragmatic Communication and Literacy in African American English Speakers Purpose The purpose of this article is to explain pragmatics from the cultural perspective of African American English speakers by reviewing current research and providing examples of a variety of pragmatic and social communication forms. Understanding pragmatics and social communication from a cultural perspective is necessary when supporting language ... Article
Article  |   September 19, 2018
Social Pragmatic Communication and Literacy in African American English Speakers
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Yvette D. Hyter
    Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Glenda DeJarnette
    School of Health and Human Services, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT
  • Kenyatta O. Rivers
    School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
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  • Financial: Yvette D. Hyter has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Glenda DeJarnette has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kenyatta O. Rivers has no relevant financial interests to disclose.
    Financial: Yvette D. Hyter has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Glenda DeJarnette has no relevant financial interests to disclose. Kenyatta O. Rivers has no relevant financial interests to disclose.×
  • Nonfinancial: Yvette D. Hyter has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Glenda DeJarnette has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kenyatta O. Rivers has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Yvette D. Hyter has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Glenda DeJarnette has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Kenyatta O. Rivers has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Part 3
Article   |   September 19, 2018
Social Pragmatic Communication and Literacy in African American English Speakers
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 132-146. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.132
History: Received February 23, 2018 , Revised August 14, 2018 , Accepted August 14, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, September 2018, Vol. 3, 132-146. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.132
History: Received February 23, 2018; Revised August 14, 2018; Accepted August 14, 2018

Purpose The purpose of this article is to explain pragmatics from the cultural perspective of African American English speakers by reviewing current research and providing examples of a variety of pragmatic and social communication forms. Understanding pragmatics and social communication from a cultural perspective is necessary when supporting language and literacy development.

Conclusions Speakers of African American English use a variety of culturally specific forms of pragmatics and social communication, such as those identified in the cultural framework developed by the authors. However, limited research on this topic is available in the extant literature. Thus, Hyter, DeJarnette, and Rivers provide the model for an emic or culturally specific approach to identify the pragmatic and social communication skills of African American English speakers. It is imperative that speech-language professionals and educators utilize an emic approach to these pragmatic and social communication forms to support language and literacy development, as well as to devise appropriate and effective language and literacy assessment and intervention when needed.

Acknowledgments
A Connecticut State University American Association of University Professors research grant was awarded to Glenda DeJarnette.
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