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African American English in the Diaspora (Language in Society)

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This provocative volume investigates the origins of contemporary African American Vernacular English (AAVE), one of the oldest, yet unsolved, questions in sociolinguistics.

Exploring the hypothesis that contemporary AAVE is a direct descendant of colonial British English rather than of a widespread Creole precursor, this volume presents a comprehensive analysis of tense and aspect as manifested in recorded conversations with 101 former slaves and their descendants. The study is staged in three distinct "diaspora" enclaves in Canada and the Caribbean, whose language has evolved independently of AAVE, modern Creoles and neighboring speech varieties.

Advanced quantitative methodology, combined with linguistically precise analyses of English dialects in historical context, make this an essential text for researchers and students of linguistics, the history of English and African American Studies.

Synopsis:

This provocative volume investigates the origins of contemporary African American Vernacular English (AAVE), one of the oldest, yet unsolved, questions in sociolinguistics.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [253]-282) and index.

About the Author

"This exhaustive and compelling study includes numerous charts, tables, and figures that aid comprehension. Strongly recommended for advanced sociolinguists." Choice

"[African American Eglish in the Diaspora] constitutes both a treasure of information and an indispensable tool for linguistic investigation." Canadian Journal of Linguistics

"The present reviewer, accustomed to the scarcity of data presented by colleagues and scholars engaged in building hypotheses on the diachronic French connections in the Americas, popular, vernacular or creole, and to the paucity of the methodological apparatus exhibited, found this reading of Poplack and Tagliamonte's book a veritable delight; it is a welcome model in our field." The Carrier Pidgin

"This book is a milestone in the development of the historical and evolutionary approach to linguistic analysis. I would like to think that this clear demonstration ...would close at least one chapter in the history of the creole controversies. . . Poplack and Tagliamonte have done a splendid job of bringing people back into the study of change and variation."

William Labov, University of Pennsylvania.

"From now on, no serious inquiry into the nature and history of African-American Vernacular English can afford not to use this book as a benchmark. At last, a thorough and closely reasoned case that despite this dialect's current status as a crucial marker of African-American identity, its main roots are in Great Britain."

John McWhorter, University of California at Berkeley.

"African American English in the Diaspora is well researched, easy to read, and a significant contribution to understanding the impact of social relations on the linguistic development of African American English in the Diaspora. The original research goes beyond a linguistic study, it is a treasure for historians as well."

Patrick Kakembo, Director of African Canadian Services Division, Department of Education, Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.

Series Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. Introduction.

2. African Americans in the Samaná Peninsula.

3. African Americans in Nova Scotia: Settlement and Data.

4. External Controls.

5. Method.

6. The Past Tense.

7. The Present Tense.

8. The Future Tense.

9. Conclusions: An Essay on the Origins and Development of African American English.

References.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780631212669
Author:
Poplack, Shana
Author:
Tagliamonte, Sali
Author:
Tagliamonte, Sali A.
Author:
Poplack
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Location:
Malden, Mass.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
English language
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Blacks
Subject:
Americanisms
Subject:
Sociolinguistics
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Black english
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
English language -- Social aspects.
Subject:
General-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Language in Society
Series Volume:
30
Publication Date:
September 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.42x5.90x.99 in. 1.04 lbs.

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Linguistics » Sociolinguistics
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