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By Basil Bernstein

The papers during this moment quantity convey a few of the result of the empirical exploration of Bernstein's speculation. the quantity represents an important contribution not just to the examine of the sociology of language, but in addition to schooling and the social sciences. "This assortment demonstrates the significance of Bernstein's pioneering contribution to socio-linguistic reviews" - S. John Eggleston, instances academic complement

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It was thought that the lexical similarity of these two statements might have prevented the mothers from discriminating between them, despite the fact that they describe rather different activities and orientations. Surprisingly, the analysis of the mothers’ responses showed that more working-class mothers than middle-class mothers discriminated between these two statements. The implication of this finding will be taken up later in the discussion. At present it is sufficient to point out that the social class group which one may have least expected to discriminate between two very similar statements did, in fact, do so.

4 Of some significance here is the expected relation between the score on the communication index and the conception of the uses of toys. The score on this index gives some indication of the range and quality of the mother’s communications to the child. Verbal inter-action indices of this kind seem potentially capable of making relatively fine discriminations within a social class group, and of accounting for variations within the class concerned. This matter is still under investigation. Of some importance is the finding that there is a correlation between the mothers’ ranked choices in the ‘toy’ schedule and the intelligence of their children.

MOORE, T. (1964), ‘Realism and fantasy in children’s play’, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 5, pp. 15–36. Notes 1 A detailed account of the sample is given in Brandis, W. , Social Class, Language and Communication, London: Routledge & Kegan. Paul, 1970. 2 One schedule presented the mother with seven inter-actional contexts with her child (when she was working around the house, when she was trying to relax, when she was in the ‘bus or tube, at mealtimes, when she was talking to her husband, when she was in a shop, when she was in the street).

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