Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 19 July 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter reviews studies of developing language by children who are acquiring African American English (AAE). It focuses specifically on the acquisition period from birth up to age four. The reviewed studies of language form, content, and use includes children who were typical learners of AAE within the zero-four age range and studies that provided descriptions of their spontaneous language sampled in natural settings at two or more ages. Single-age studies with multiple data points within this age range were also included under certain circumstances. The review shows that African American children who acquire AAE are no exception to the longstanding evidence that children acquire the language system to which they are exposed from a very early age. Finally, the chapter highlights literature gaps and potential areas of future language acquisition research on the language of African American children prior to age four.

Keywords: language development, language acquisition, children, African American English (AAE)

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.