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By Lisa J. Green

ISBN-10: 0521814499

ISBN-13: 9780521814492

This authoritative creation to African American English (AAE) is the 1st textbook to examine the grammar as a complete. truly equipped, it describes styles within the sentence constitution, sound procedure, note formation and be aware use. It examines schooling, speech occasions within the secular and non secular international, and using AAE in literature and the media to create black photographs. It comprises workouts to accompany each one bankruptcy and is key examining for college kids in linguistics, schooling, anthropology, African American experiences and literature.

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Xiv). To the extent that Dillard’s lexicon arranges lexical items into categories, it is similar to the kind of lexicon presented in Folb (1980). It differs from the others in its attempt to separate those items that are a part of the linguistic system of AAE from those that are considered slang. 4 Dillard 18 African American English believes “a great deal of ‘Black’ slang to belong to the rackets (pimping, prostitution, narcotics hustling, general underworld activities) rather than to the Black community as such” (p.

Information about words and phrases in the AAE lexicon is stored in the brains or mental dictionaries of speakers and retrieved when necessary. , place in the sentence) in which they occur, but they will not necessarily know all of them. For example, I did not grow up hearing and using pot liquor, but many African Americans in my age group did. Discussions about the structure of this mental dictionary of black vocabulary can lead to very complicated questions that would take us too far afield in this study, but it is worthwhile to raise certain issues.

The paradigms in (1–11) are similar to conjugations in general American English; however, there are some differences, which will be described here. These paradigms are representative examples of the elements that constitute the AAE auxiliary system. The first, second and third person singular and plural are given, and the emphatic affirmation and negative verb forms are indicated in that particular paradigm if they occur in the language system. A characteristic of AAE is that a single verb form may be used with both singular and plural subjects, so in (1) the verb forms eat, run and rub are used with first person singular and plural (I, we), second person singular and plural (you, y’all) and third person singular and plural (she, they) in the present tense.

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