African American English in the Diaspora
October 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
List of Tables.
2. African Americans in the Samaná Peninsula.
3. African Americans in Nova Scotia: Settlement and Data.
4. External Controls.
6. The Past Tense.
7. The Present Tense.
8. The Future Tense.
9. Conclusions: An Essay on the Origins and Development of African American English.
Sali Tagliamonte is based at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on morph-syntactic variation and change in the evolution of English. Currently she is investigating British dialects and conducting cross-variety comparisons amongst British and North American dialects.
- Situates linguistic developments regarding AAVE within a sociocultural and historical matrix.
- Presents details about the relationship of AAVE to various non-standard English dialects.
- Offers linguistic analyses of the tense/aspect systems of Samaná English & African Nova Scotian English.
"[African American Eglish in the Diaspora] constitutes both a
treasure of information and an indispensable tool for linguistic
investigation." Canadian Journal of Linguistics
"The present reviewer, accustomed to the scarcity of data
presented by colleagues and scholars engaged in building hypotheses
on the diachronic French connections in the Americas, popular,
vernacular or creole, and to the paucity of the methodological
apparatus exhibited, found this reading of Poplack and
Tagliamonte's book a veritable delight; it is a welcome model in
our field." The Carrier Pidgin
"This book is a milestone in the development of the historical
and evolutionary approach to linguistic analysis. I would like to
think that this clear demonstration ...would close at least one
chapter in the history of the creole controversies. . . Poplack and
Tagliamonte have done a splendid job of bringing people back into
the study of change and variation."
William Labov, University of Pennsylvania.
"From now on, no serious inquiry into the nature and history of
African-American Vernacular English can afford not to use this book
as a benchmark. At last, a thorough and closely reasoned case that
despite this dialect's current status as a crucial marker of
African-American identity, its main roots are in Great
John McWhorter, University of California at Berkeley.
"African American English in the Diaspora is well researched,
easy to read, and a significant contribution to understanding the
impact of social relations on the linguistic development of African
American English in the Diaspora. The original research goes beyond
a linguistic study, it is a treasure for historians as well."
Patrick Kakembo, Director of African Canadian Services Division, Department of Education, Nova Scotia.
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