Linguistic differences of children from different socio-economic backgrounds.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Arts
The first aim of this study was to discover whether New Zealand children differed linguistically depending on their socio-economic backgrounds. The linguistic differences chosen for the investigation were based on Bernstein’s theory and associated empirical findings. The second aim was to establish whether linguistic patterns or socio-economic background have any influence upon the child’s classification ability. The third aim was to investigate the relationship of some environmental factors to socio-economic status and the linguistic patterns.