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Title: African American English
Subtitle: A Linguistic Introduction
Written By: Lisa J. Green

This authoritative introduction to African American English (AAE) is the
first textbook to look at the grammar as a whole. Clearly organised, it
describes patterns in the sentence structure, sound system, word formation
and word use in AAE. The book uses linguistic description and data from
conversation to explain that AAE is not a compilation of random deviations
from mainstream English but that it is a rule-governed system. The textbook
examines topics such as education, speech events in the secular and
religious world, and the use of language in literature and the media to
create black images. This much-needed book includes exercises to accompany
each chapter and will be essential reading for students in linguistics,
education, anthropology, African American studies and literature.

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521814499
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 298
Prices: U.S. $ 65.00
U.K. £ 47.50

Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521891388
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 298
Prices: U.K. £ 16.95
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