African-American English: Structure, History, and Use

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Salikoko S. Mufwene
Psychology Press, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 314 pages
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African-American English: Structure, History and Use provides a comprehensive survey of linguistic research into African-American English. The main linguistic features are covered, in particular the grammar, phonology and lexicon. Further chapters explore the sociological, political and educational issues connected with African-American English.
The editors are the leading experts in the field and along with other key figures, notably William Labov, Geneva Smitherman and Walt Wolfram, they provide an authoritative, diverse guide to this topical subject area. Drawing on many contemporary references: the Oakland School controversy, the rap of Ice-T, the contributors reflect the state of current scholarship on African-American English, and actively dispel many misconceptions, address new questions and explore new approaches.
The book is designed to serve as a text for the increasing number of courses on African-American English and as a convenient reference for students of linguistics, black studies and anthropology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
 

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Contents

The sentence in AfricanAmerican vernacular English
11
Aspect and predicate phrases in AfricanAmerican vernacular
37
The structure of the noun phrase in AfricanAmerican
69
Some aspects of AfricanAmerican vernacular English phonology
85
Coexistent systems in AfricanAmerican vernacular English
110
the lexicon of AfricanAmerican
203
Ideology and socalled obscenity
226
Discourse and verbal genres
251
Educational reform
282
Subject index
302
Name index
311
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Salikoko Mufwene is Professor and Chair at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. John R. Rickford is Professor of Linguistics and John Baugh is Professor of Education and Linguistics, both are at Stanford University. Guy Bailey is Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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