Abstract and Keywords
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 language and identity of people in the African American community that arise from within and without, as well as conundrums resulting from these contradictions. In examining these contradictions and conundrums, I discuss identity and community of African Americans through their language attitudes, beliefs, practices, and ideologies via linguistic pride and acceptance, linguistic prejudice, and linguistic shame and denial of African American Language. I conclude with some observations about language and identity in the African American community as well as suggestions for future research.
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