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African American Church Language  

Charles E. DeBose

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Jul 2015
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Aug 2015
African American Church Language (AACL) refers to a distinctive sub-variety of African American Language (AAL) that is used in markedly sacred contexts. Given its frequent use in African ... More

African American Divas of Comedy: Staking a Claim in Public Space  

Jacquelyn Rahman

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Jul 2015
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While African American male comedians have community license to deploy features of African American Language (AAL) as a tool for building solidarity and authority essential to successful ... More

African American English in the Middle Class  

Erica Britt and Tracey L. Weldon

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Jul 2015
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The goal of this chapter is to provide an overview of the emerging body of research aimed at examining the use and perception of African American English (AAE) by middle class speakers. ... More

African American English in the Mississippi Delta: A Case Study of Copula Absence and r-Lessness in the Speech of African American Women in Coahoma County  

Rose Wilkerson

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The chapter presents a quantitative analysis of copula absence and /r/-lessness of African American English (AAE) by African American women in Coahoma County located in the Mississippi ... More

African American English over Yonder: The Language of the Liberian Settler Community  

John Victor Singler

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In the years from 1822 to 1860 and beyond, 16,000 African Americans immigrated to West Africa to a colony created for them that became the sovereign nation of Liberia. The language of the ... More

African American Language and Black Poetry  

Howard Rambsy II and Briana Whiteside

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Jul 2015
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The goal of this chapter is to explain how Black poetry corresponds to African American Language practices. We highlight how poets utilize distinct lexicon, vocabulary, proper nouns, ... More

African American Language and Education: History and Controversy in the Twentieth Century  

Geneva Smitherman

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This chapter utilizes a language ideology perspective, grounded in a race­class historical analysis, to overview the relationship between African American Language and the education of US ... More

African American Language and Identity: Contradictions and Conundrums  

Sonja L. Lanehart

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Jul 2015
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In this chapter, I define and discuss difficult terms related to language and identity in the African American community. In doing so, I discuss the contradictions we find in studying the ... More

African American Language in New York City  

Renée A. Blake, Cara Shousterman, and Luiza Newlin-Lukowicz

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Jul 2015
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The ever-increasing numbers of second generation West Indian Americans affects the ethnic landscape and raises the question of what is African American Language in New York City today? In ... More

African American Language in Pittsburgh and the Lower Susquehanna Valley  

Jennifer Bloomquist and Shelome Gooden

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Jul 2015
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This chapter examines variation in the North Midlands African American Language (AAL) varieties in Pittsburgh and the Lower Susquehanna Valley (LSV). The focus is on phonological/phonetic, ... More

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