From: Radoslaw Dylewski <dradekifa.amu.edu.pl>
Subject: AAE in Socio-historical and Cultural Perspectives
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AAE in Socio-historical and Cultural Perspectives
Short Title: PLM AAE
Date: 02-Sep-2009 - 05-Sep-2009
Location: Gniezno, Poland
Contact: Joanna Pawelczyk
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
Meeting URL: http://ifa.amu.edu.pl/plm/African_American_English
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics; Phonetics; Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
This session is dedicated to one of the most scrutinized yet/and complex variants of American English, i.e. African American English (AAE). The history and its current status testify to its important role as a vehicle of expression of the verbal culture of its speakers as well as its place in a changing American social and political scene. African American English has come a long way from the repression and misunderstanding to functioning as a cultural resource.
We would like to invite scholars researching topics related to the variety of English at issue both in diachronic and synchronic perspectives which show how variation (be it regional, social or gender) takes on different forms and functions in AAE.
In particular, we wish to invite contributions on the origin, linguistic and cultural aspects as well as the direction of change of African American English. We expect to gain a broader (more interdisciplinary) understanding of language use in African American speech community and outside it. We hope that the variety of contributions will clarify the unique and multifaceted complexity of African American English. Desired topics include, but are not limited to:
-The origin and historical roots of AAE; lausible sources of the distinctive morphological/syntactic/phonetic traits of AAE
-AAE and its relationship to other varieties of English; impact exerted by AAE on other varieties of English/other languages
-Language use in the African American community; AAE as a cultural institution
-AAE and education
-Relationship between hip hop and AAE
-Commodification of AAE
-African American women’s language
-Linguistic construction of ethnic identity
-Representation of AAE in media discourses
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