African American English in the Diaspora / Edition 1

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This provocative volume investigates the origins of contemporary African American Vernacular English (AAVE), one of the oldest, yet unsolved, questions in sociolinguistics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This exhaustive and compelling study includes numerous charts,tables, and figures that aid comprehension. Strongly recommendedfor advanced sociolinguists." Choice

"[African American Eglish in the Diaspora] constitutes both atreasure of information and an indispensable tool for linguisticinvestigation." Canadian Journal of Linguistics

"The present reviewer, accustomed to the scarcity of datapresented by colleagues and scholars engaged in building hypotheseson the diachronic French connections in the Americas, popular,vernacular or creole, and to the paucity of the methodologicalapparatus exhibited, found this reading of Poplack andTagliamonte's book a veritable delight; it is a welcome model inour field." The Carrier Pidgin

"This book is a milestone in the development of the historicaland evolutionary approach to linguistic analysis. I would like tothink that this clear demonstration ...would close at least onechapter in the history of the creole controversies. . . Poplack andTagliamonte have done a splendid job of bringing people back intothe study of change and variation."
William Labov, University of Pennsylvania.

"From now on, no serious inquiry into the nature and history ofAfrican-American Vernacular English can afford not to use this bookas a benchmark. At last, a thorough and closely reasoned case thatdespite this dialect's current status as a crucial marker ofAfrican-American identity, its main roots are in GreatBritain."
John McWhorter, University of California atBerkeley.

"African American English in the Diaspora is well researched,easy to read, and a significant contribution to understanding theimpact of social relations on the linguistic development of AfricanAmerican English in the Diaspora. The original research goes beyonda linguistic study, it is a treasure for historians as well."
Patrick Kakembo, Director of African Canadian ServicesDivision, Department of Education, Nova Scotia.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631212669
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/16/2001
  • Series: Language in Society Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Shana Poplack is Professor and Canada Research Chair inLinguistics and Director of the Sociolinguistics Laboratory at theUniversity of Ottawa. An expert in linguistic variation theory andits application to diverse areas of language contact, she haspublished widely on code-switching, Hispanic linguistics, CanadianFrench, and numerous aspects of African American English. She iseditor of The English History of African American English(Blackwell 1999).

Sali Tagliamonte is based at the University of Toronto.Her research focuses on morph-syntactic variation and change in theevolution of English. Currently she is investigating Britishdialects and conducting cross-variety comparisons amongst Britishand North American dialects.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Series Preface.


1. Introduction.

2. African Americans in the SamanĂ¡ Peninsula.

3. African Americans in Nova Scotia: Settlement and Data.

4. External Controls.

5. Method.

6. The Past Tense.

7. The Present Tense.

8. The Future Tense.

9. Conclusions: An Essay on the Origins and Development ofAfrican American English.



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