Language in the Inner City: Studies in the Black English Vernacular

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1972 - Education - 440 pages
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Language in the Inner City firmly establishes African American Vernacular English not simply as slang but as a well-formed set of rules of pronunciation and grammar capable of conveying complex logic and reasoning and confirms the Black vernacular as a separate and independent dialect of English.

  

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Contents

Is the Black English Vernacular a Separate System?
36
Contraction Deletion and Inherent Variability of
65
Negative Attraction and Negative Concord
130
PART II
199
The Relation of Reading Failure to PeerGroup Status
241
The Linguistic Consequences of Being a Lame
255
Rules for Ritual Insults
297
The Transformation of Experience in Narrative Syntax
354
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William Labov is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Sociolinguistic Patterns, also published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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