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 a complete. sincerely geared up, it describes styles within the sentence constitution, sound approach, be aware formation and note use. It examines schooling, speech occasions within the secular and spiritual international, and using AAE in literature and the media to create black photos. It comprises routines to accompany every one bankruptcy and is key examining for college students in linguistics, schooling, anthropology, African American reviews and literature.

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5) Let them clean it theyownselves. Gloss: Let them clean it all by themselves. 23 Lexicons and meanings The infix own serves as an intensifier that expresses the independence of someone or reinforces the individuality of a person in taking responsibility for an action. , her-OWN-self ). The reflexive pronoun has to agree with or match the pronoun to which it refers (see call -self in (b)). The reflexive herownself does not match the pronoun I in the first example sentence (instead, it matches she), so it is ungrammatical.

According to DARE, get over means to succeed, get by or achieve a goal by whatever means necessary and was used exclusively by African Americans in certain areas in the United States (vol. ii, p. 6 In addition, the DARE makes reference to call and response, a rhetorical strategy used in African American church services (overwhelmingly Baptist) in which the congregation responds to the preacher’s call by uttering a short response. This strategy will be discussed in chapter 5, in the section on speech events and African American church services.

For example, the following line appears in one of the articles in the leisure section of the January 2000 issue: “Michelle chills at the Spa Atlantis, where she got her hydrotoning on” (Burford 2000, p. 116). Obviously, the reference is to a woman who engaged in the activity of hydrotoning at the Spa Atlantis. Also, the hip-hop group Cash Money plays on the productivity of this construction in the single “Get Your Roll On,” a song that encourages listeners to go out and do what is pleasing to them.

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