LINGUIST List 13.439

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Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Coleman, Sarah, Sociolinguistics: African American English in the Diaspora

Message 1: Sociolinguistics: African American English in the Diaspora

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 10:55:38 -0500
From: Coleman, Sarah <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics: African American English in the Diaspora


African American English in the Diaspora
Shana Poplack and Sali Tagliamonte
University of Ottawa and University of York

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.

List of Figures.
List of Tables.
Series Preface.
1. Introduction.
2. African Americans in the Saman� 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

HB: 0-631-21265-5 $69.95/�55
PB: 0-631-21266-3 $34.95/�16.99
320 pp / September 2001

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