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The Development of African American English

Walt Wolfram, Erik Thomas

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This book focuses on one of the most persistent and controversial questions in modern sociolinguistics: the past and present development of African American Vernacular English (AAVE).


John R. Rickford, Stanford University
"The Development of African American English is a masterpiece. Theauthors systematically examine linguistic and historical evidencefrom an area (Hyde County, North Carolina ) that has not figured inearlier discussions of African American Vernacular English . Theresult is a more complex and intricate picture of Black/Whitesociolinguistic relations,both now and in the past, than we havehad to this point, with rich implications for how research onlanguage variation and change should be conducted more generally."
John Singler, New YorkUniversity
"Wolfram and Thomas's investigation of language in a biracialSouthern enclave has much to tell us. Their attention to key issuesof theory and methodology informs their research and bolsters a setof carefully argued conclusions about the history of AfricanAmerican English. The authors' work takes on a broader significanceby their willingness to tackle vexing questions, whether the issueis how to assess differences in intonation patterns between AfricanAmericans and European Americans or how to relate individualdifferences to community variation."
Choice, December 2002, Vol 40 No.04
"Specialized but of the utmost importance to dialectologists andsociologists, this volume is exhaustive, accurate, provocative, andcompelling. Recommended enthusiastically for graduate students,researchers, and faculty."



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