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Table of ContentsPreface1. Introduction: Street Speech as a Social Dialect2. The Birth of Black Street Speech3. Street Speech and Formal Speech: Linguistic Survival in Black and White Societies4. The Scholar and the Street: Collecting the Data5. Specialized Lexical Marking and Alternation Code Switching versus Style Shifting Topic-Related Shifting Syllable Contraction and Expansion Variable Forestressing of Bisyllabic Words Hypercorrection Lexical Summary6. Unique Grammatical Usage Locating Suitable Examples Syntactic Constructions and Their Functions Grammatical Summary7. Phonological Variation Suffix /-s/ Variation Consonant Cluster Reduction Is and Are Variation Postvocalic /r/ Variation Summary of Phonological and Morphological Variation8. Educational Insights9. Impediments to Employability10. Dynamic Black Speech: A Nonideal Linguistic StateBibliographyIndex
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