Much scholarly work assumes that the structure of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) derives from an earlier plantation creole. This volume explores an alternative hypothesis: that the characteristic features were acquired from the varieties of English to which early speakers were exposed.
"These studies of the African American diaspora apply the mostrefined quantitative techniques to illuminate the history ofAfrican American English. The brilliant work of Poplack and hercolleagues has sharply narrowed the limits of controversy on theorigins of AAVE, with findings that every responsible scholar musttake into account in future research." William Labov, Universityof Pennsylvania
"This scholarly work is revolutionary and extremely wellresearched. It vindicates one's cultural identity and thetremendous endurance of African resistance. Well done!" HenryBishop, Chief Curator, Black Cultural Centre for NovaScotia
"Poplack and her colleagues have raised the art and science ofAAVE research to the highest level ever attained by variationistsociolinguistics, and this book is essential reading for anylinguistic scholar who wants to know about the history andstructure of AAE throughout North America. It is not too soon todeclare [this book] a classic." Language in Society
"[The English History of African American English] constitutesboth a treasure of information and an indispensable tool forlinguistic investigation." Canadian Journal ofLinguistics
"The English History of African American Englishrepresents the type of detailed study that should be conducted inthe investigation of the origin and other issues in AAE. The bookchallenges the long-standing creole hypothesis but raises enoughquestions about the structure of Early AAE to keep the origindebate alive." Journal of Socialinguistics, 2003
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.
Series: Language in Society
Number Of Pages: 298
Published: 21st January 2000
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.99 x 15.32 x 2.26
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1