African American English: A Linguistic Introduction by Lisa J. Green

By Lisa J. Green

This authoritative creation to African American English (AAE) is the 1st textbook to examine the grammar as an entire. essentially equipped, it describes styles within the sentence constitution, sound process, note formation and notice use. It examines schooling, speech occasions within the secular and spiritual global, and using AAE in literature and the media to create black photos. It comprises workouts to accompany each one bankruptcy and is vital interpreting for college students in linguistics, schooling, anthropology, African American reviews and literature.

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For example, the students tried to outsmart the teacher by submitting a two-page assignment that was double-spaced as opposed to single-spaced. The phrase get over, meaning to take advantage of someone or a situation, is a verb unit that is composed of a verb plus a preposition or particle element. The unit precedes the preposition on if it is not at the end of the sentence. b. call – self [kɔl sεəf ] V, — {V-ing, Noun, Adj}. In the opinion of others, making an attempt to do something (or be someone or something) but not quite doing it as the observer thinks it should be done; an observation that the person is not meeting perceived standards.

Balla is used to refer to a man who has acquired money and material possessions, and scrub, which is derogatory, refers to a male who is not self-sufficient, so he depends on others for his livelihood. The 29 Lexicons and meanings term dog also has a negative connotation when it is used to refer to a male who mistreats females, but dog/dawg is used by males as a term of address, without negative import. 20 Consider the term money (4j), which can be used as a common noun (5a) and as a term of address (5b).

An interesting complication is that African Americans must also have access to a lexicon that includes words in general American English, many of which are homophonous with words in the African American lexicon. The more general goal is to present AAE as a unified system with a lexical component as well as other components, and the first step to that end was to explain what is meant by the African American lexicon and to present the type of information that speakers know when they know elements from it.

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