LINGUIST List 13.821

Tue Mar 26 2002

Books: Socioling, Walt Wolfram & Erik R. Thomas

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  1. Coleman, Sarah, The Development of African American English, W.Wolfram & E. R.Thomas

Message 1: The Development of African American English, W.Wolfram & E. R.Thomas

Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2002 10:36:43 -0500
From: Coleman, Sarah <>
Subject: The Development of African American English, W.Wolfram & E. R.Thomas


The Development of African American English
Walt Wolfram and Erik R. Thomas, both North Carolina State University

This book focuses on one of the most persistent and controversial
questions in modern sociolinguistics: the past and present development
of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). Despite intense
scrutiny of the historical and current development of AAVE, a number
of issues remain unresolved. Most prominent among these is the
development of African American English during the antebellum period
and the trajectory of change in twentieth-century AAVE. This book
addresses both of these issues by examining an unparalleled
sociolinguistic situation involving a long-standing, isolated,
biracial community situated in a distinctive dialect region of coastal
North Carolina. This unique environment provides a venue for dealing
with questions of localized dialect accommodation and ethnolinguistic
distinctiveness in earlier African American English. The conclusions
drawn challenge the Creolist, Anglicist, and neo-Anglicist positions
with respect to the history of AAVE and offer insights into the
development of African American speech in the twentieth century.

Series Editor's Preface.
List of Figures. 
List of Tables. 
1. Introduction. 
2. Issue in the Development of African American English. 
3. Defining the Enclave Dialect Community. 
4. The Social History of Mainland Hyde County. 
5. Morphosyntactic Alignment in Hyde County English. 
6. Vocalic Alignment in Hyde County. 
7. Consonantal Alignment in Hyde County. 
8. Intonational Alignment in Hyde County English. 
9. The Individual and Group in Earlier African American English. 
10. Beyond Hyde County: Te Past and Present Development of AAVE. 

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237 pp / April 2002

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