The English History of African American English
January 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell
List of Maps.
List of Figures.
Series Editor's Preface.
List of Abbreviations.
List of Contributors.
Part I. Morphophonological Variables:.
1. Rephrasing the Copula: Contraction and Zero in Early African American English: James A. Walker.
2. Reconstructing the Source of Early African American English Plural Marking: A Comparative Study of English and Creole: Shana Poplack, Sali Tagliamonte, and Ejike Eze.
Part II: Morphosyntactic Variables:.
3. Negation and the Creole-Origins Hypothesis: Evidence from Early African American English: Darin M. Howe and James A. Walker.
4. Old as; New Ecology: Viewing English through the Sociolinguistic Filter: Sali Tagliamonte and Jennifer Smith.
Part III. Syntactic Variables:.
5. The Question: Auxiliary Inversion in Early African American English: Gerard Van Herk.
6. It's All Relative: Relativization Strategies in Early African American English: Gunnel Tottie and Dawn Harvie.
Part IV: The Sociohistorical Context:.
7. Some Sociohistorical Inferences about the Development of African American English: Salikoko S. Mufwene.
* Presents interesting facts about the linguistic history of non-standard English dialects and their relationship to AAVE.
* Linguistics facts are placed within the context of the sociohistorical and cultural matrix which led to their development.
* Includes numerous examples and tables.
"This scholarly work is revolutionary and extremely well
researched. It vindicates one's cultural identity and the
tremendous endurance of African resistance. Well done!" Henry
Bishop, Chief Curator, Black Cultural Centre for Nova
"Poplack and her colleagues have raised the art and science of
AAVE research to the highest level ever attained by variationist
sociolinguistics, and this book is essential reading for any
linguistic scholar who wants to know about the history and
structure of AAE throughout North America. It is not too soon to
declare [this book] a classic." Language in Society
"[The English History of African American English] constitutes
both a treasure of information and an indispensable tool for
linguistic investigation." Canadian Journal of
"The English History of African American English represents the type of detailed study that should be conducted in the investigation of the origin and other issues in AAE. The book challenges the long-standing creole hypothesis but raises enough questions about the structure of Early AAE to keep the origin debate alive." Journal of Socialinguistics, 2003
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