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African American Female Speech Communities

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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.

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Hudson (English, Indiana U. of Pennsylvania) describes the ways African American female writers portray African American female characters to reflect their membership in various speech communities, and the ways these characters' language use reflects the norms, values and beliefs of their communities. Hudson includes works from various genres from the 1880s to the present. The data analysis is organized into several categories: phonological, vernacular and standard structures; adjectives; adverbs; forms of address; word choice and wordplay; expressive behavior; bad language; and language use. ^ Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895064
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2001
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 16.00 (w) x 23.20 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Meet the Author

BARBARA HILL HUDSON is Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction 1
2 Phonological Structures 9
3 Vernacular Structures - AAVE 27
4 Vernacular Structures - NSE 39
5 Standard Structures 57
6 Adjectives 67
7 Adverbs 83
8 Forms of Address 117
9 Word Choice and Wordplay 133
10 Expressive Behavior 161
11 Bad Language 181
12 Language Use 199
Bibliography 221
Index 231
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