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African American vernacular English : features, evolution, educational implications
Rickford, John R., 1949-
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Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Publishers, 1999.
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xxviii, 399 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.

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PE3102.N42 R53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In response to the flood of interest in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) following the recent controversy over "Ebonics," this book brings together sixteen essays on the subject by a leading expert in the field, one who has been researching and writing on it for a quarter of a century.

Author Notes

John R. Rickford is the Martin Luther King Centennial Professor of Linguistics and African and Afro-American Studies at Stanford University. He is also the Director of the thirty-year-old degree-granting Program in African and Afro-American Studies, and President of the International Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, and several books, including Dimensions of a Creole Continuum (1987), editor of A Festival of Guyanese Words (1978), Sociolinguistics and Pidgin-Creole Studies (1988), and co-editor of Analyzing Variation in Language (1987).

Table of Contents

Part I Features and Use
1 Phonological and Grammatical Features of African American Vernacular English
2 Carrying the New Wave into Syntax: The Case of Black English BIN
3 Preterit Had+ V- ed in the Narratives of African American Adolescents: with Christine Theberge Rafal
4 Rappin on the Copula Coffin: Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Analysis of Copula variation in African American Vernacular English: withArnetha Ball and Renee Blake and Raina Jackson and Nomi Martin I
5 Ethnicity as a Sociolinguistic Boundary
6 Addressee- and Topic-Influenced Style Shift: A Quantitative Sociolinguistic Study: with Faye McNair-Knox
Part II Evolution:
7 Cut-Eye and Suck-Teeth: African Words and Gestures in New World Guise: withAngela E. Rickford
8 Social Contact and Linguistic Diffusion: Hiberno English and New World Black English
9 Copula Variability in Jamaican Creole and African American Vernacular English: A Reanalysis of DeCamp's Texts
10 Prior Creolization of AAVE? Sociohistorical and Textual Evidence from the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
11 Are Black and White Vernaculars Diverging?
12 Grammatical Variation and Divergence in Vernacular Black English
Part III Educational Implications:
13 Attitudes Toward AAVE, and Classroom Implications and Strategies
14 Unequal Partnership
Sociolinguistics and the African American Speech Community
15 Suite for Ebony and Phonics
16 Using the Vernacular to Teach the Standard