African American Female Speech Communities

African American Female Speech Communities

by Barbara Hill Hudson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0897895061

ISBN-13: 9780897895064

Pub. Date: 06/30/2001

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

In this sociolinguistic study, not only are language and gender researched, but the relationship between language and ethnic group, region, and social class is also discussed. Hudson describes the ways in which some female African American writers use the language of African American female characters to reflect their membership in various speech communities.

Overview

In this sociolinguistic study, not only are language and gender researched, but the relationship between language and ethnic group, region, and social class is also discussed. Hudson describes the ways in which some female African American writers use the language of African American female characters to reflect their membership in various speech communities. Materials used for this text include slave narratives, novels, short stories, diaries, plays, and autobiographies. The study bridges the gap between the existing research on that focuses on the Vernacular English spoken mainly by young African American males and the research which mainly focuses on the language used by white middle class females.

Research in the area of African American English has investigated both its form and its use in conversational interactions. Hudson explores how African American English encompasses a range of dialects from Standard to Vernacular English, noting that there is a diversity of language types present in the African American female speech community. This book offers language researchers, social scientists, educators, and others valuable insights into language use by minority females.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897895064
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/30/2001
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
16.00(w) x 23.20(h) x 2.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Phonological Structures

Vernacular Structures—AAVE

Vernacular Structures—NSE

Standard Structures

Adjectives

Adverbs

Address

Word Choice and Word Play

Expressive Behavior

Bad Language

Language Use

References

Index

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