Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English

Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English

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This volume, based on presentations at a 1998 state of the art conference at the University of Georgia, critically examines African American English (AAE) socially, culturally, historically, and educationally. It explores the relationship between AAE and other varieties of English (namely Southern White Vernaculars, Gullah, and Caribbean English creoles), language use in the African American community (e.g., Hip Hop, women's language, and directness), and application of our knowledge about AAE to issues in education (e.g., improving overall academic success). To its credit (since most books avoid the issue), the volume also seeks to define the term `AAE' and challenge researchers to address the complexity of defining a language and its speakers. The volume collectively tries to help readers better understand language use in the African American community and how that understanding benefits all who value language variation and the knowledge such study brings to our society.
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  • Paperback | 373 pages
  • 149.9 x 218.4 x 20.3mm | 521.64g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811046X
  • 9781588110466

Table of contents

1. Acknowledgements; 2. Foreword; 3. About the Contributors; 4. Part 1: Introduction; 5. 1. State of the art in African American English research: Multi-disciplinary perspectives and directions (by Lanehart, Sonja L.); 6. 2. What is African American English? (by Mufwene, Salikoko S.); 7. Part 2: African American English and its relationship to other varieties of English; 8. 3. The relationship between African American Vernacular English and White Vernaculars in the American South: A sociocultural history and some phonological evidence (by Bailey, Guy); 9. 4. Co-existing grammars: The relationship between the evolution of African American and Southern White Vernacular English in the South (by Cukor-Avila, Patricia); 10. 5. The voice of the ancestors: New evidence on 19th-century precursors to 20th-century African American English (by Sutcliffe, David); 11. Part 3: Language Use in the African American Community; 12. 6. Something to Shout about: African American Vernacular English as a linguistic and cultural treasure (by Zeigler, Mary B); 13. 7. "Nuthin' But a G Thang": Grammar and language ideology in Hip Hop identity (by Morgan, Marcyliena H.); 14. 8. African American women: Talking that talk (by Troutman, Denise); 15. 9. Directness in the use of African American English (by Spears, Arthur K.); 16. Part 4: African American English and Education; 17. 10. The role of family, community, and school in children's acquisition and maintenance of African American English (by Wyatt, Toya A.); 18. 11. Pay Leon, Pay Leon, Pay Leon, Paleontologist: Using call-and-response to facilitate language mastery and literacy acquisition among African AmericanStudents (by Foster, Michele); 19. 12. Applying our knowledge of African American English to the problem of raising reading levels in inner-city schools (by Labov, William); 20. 13. Applying linguistic knowledge of African American English to help students learn and teachers teach (by Baugh, John); 21. Part 5: Conclusion; 22. 14. Reconsidering the sociolinguistic agenda for African American English: The next generation of research and application (by Wolfram, Walt); 23. Index
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