A Study of African-American Vernacular English in America's Middletown: Evidence of Linguistic Convergence (Black Studies S. v. 12)
By: Xiaozhao Huang (author)Hardback
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This is a sociolinguistic study investigating African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) in Muncie, Indian, known as America's "Middletown". The goal of the study is to examine whether Muncie AAVE was diverging from or converging with White Vernacular English (WVE) from 1980-1993. The anylysis focused on 23 synatactic and 5 phonological features collected from interviews of 32 African-American subjects. Equally divided into two groups of 1980 and 1993, the subjects consisted of both young and elderly. Therefore, both real-time and apparent-time data of Muncie AAVE could be compared and analysed. The results show that the 1993 subjects used these linguistic features less frequently. The findings based on time-depth data in this study contradict the claim that AAVE is diverging from WVE on a national level.
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