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The Historical Evolution of Earlier African American English

An Empirical Comparison of Early Sources

The Historical Evolution of Earlier African American English( )
Author: Kautzsch, Alexander
Series title:Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] Ser.
ISBN:978-3-11-179679-6
Publication Date:Jan 2002
Publisher:Mouton De Gruyter
Book Format:Mixed media product
List Price:USD $210.00
Book Description:

Based on a 500,000 word corpus of early sources collected from ex-slave narratives, ex-slave recordings, and interviews with hoodoo priests, this book reconstructs the English spoken by African Americans between 1830 and 1920. By means of detailed quantitative analyses, three linguistic features (negation patterns, copula usage, and relative marker choice) are interpreted along the lines of temporal change, regional diversity, and variation across gender. Additionally, some 300...
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