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African American English in the Diaspora / Edition 1
     

African American English in the Diaspora / Edition 1

by Shana Poplack, Sali A. Tagliamonte
 

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ISBN-10: 0631212663

ISBN-13: 9780631212669

Pub. Date: 10/16/2001

Publisher: Wiley

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

Exploring the hypothesis that contemporary AAVE is a direct descendant of colonial British English rather than of a widespread Creole precursor, this volume presents a comprehensive analysis

Overview

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

Exploring the hypothesis that contemporary AAVE is a direct descendant of colonial British English rather than of a widespread Creole precursor, this volume presents a comprehensive analysis of tense and aspect as manifested in recorded conversations with 101 former slaves and their descendants. The study is staged in three distinct "diaspora" enclaves in Canada and the Caribbean, whose language has evolved independently of AAVE, modern Creoles and neighboring speech varieties.

Advanced quantitative methodology, combined with linguistically precise analyses of English dialects in historical context, make this an essential text for researchers and students of linguistics, the history of English and African American Studies.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Series Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction.

2. African Americans in the Samaná 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 of African American English.

References.

Index.

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