Abstract and Keywords
This chapter sets forth some of the assumptions, approaches, and conclusions about the “facts” of African American Language (AAL) and AAL research that have been filtered through an interpretive sociolinguistic lens since the 1960s. These include the definition of AAL, the homogeneity myth, the description of canonical structures of AAL, and the nature of social and regional variation in time and space of AAL. Critical scrutiny and reflexivity should lead the study of AAL to a more informed, inclusive, and expansive direction as this variety continues to occupy its showcase research status in the field of sociolinguistics and language variationist research.
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