African-american vernacular english: selected references



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AFRICAN-AMERICAN VERNACULAR ENGLISH: SELECTED REFERENCES

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Alim, H. S. (2004). You know my Steez: An ethnographic and sociolinguistic study of styleshifting in a Black American speech community. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Baugh, J. (2000). Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic pride and racial prejudice. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Baugh, J. (1983). Black street speech: Its history, structure and survival. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Cosby, B. (1997, January 10). Elements of Igno-Ebonics style. The Wall Street Journal, p. A-11.
Cosby, W.H., & Poussaint, A.F. (2007). Come on, people: On the path from victims to

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Goldstein, L. M. (1987). Standard English: The only target for non-native speakers of English?. TESOL Quarterly, 21, 207-227.
Inniss, L., & Feagin, J. (1995). The Cosby Show: The view from the Black middle class. Journal of Black Studies, 25, 692-711.
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Kochman, T. (1972). Black American speech events and a language program for the classroom. In C. B. Cazden, V. P. John & D. Hymes (Eds.), Functions of language in the classroom (pp. 211-261). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
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Labov, W. (1972). Language in the inner city: Studies in the Black English vernacular (Vol. 3). University of Pennsylvania Press.
Labov, W. (1972). Sociolinguistic patterns (No. 4). Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Labov, W. (1973). Some features of the English of black Americans. In R. W. Bailey & J. L. Robinson (Eds.), Varieties of present-day English (pp. 236-257). New York, NY: The Macmillan Company.
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Lippi-Green, R. (2012). English with an accent: Language, ideology, and discrimination

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Mitchell-Kernan, C. (1972). On the status of black English for native speakers: An assessment of attitudes and values. In C. B. Cazden, V. P. John & D. Hymes (Eds.), Functions of language in the classroom (pp. 195-210). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
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Morgan, M. H. (1994). Theories and politics in African American English. Annual Review of Anthropology, 23, 325-345.
Rahman, J. (2007). An ay for an ah: Language of survival in African American narrative comedy. American Speech, 82(1), 65-96.
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Rickford, J. (2004). Spoken soul: The beloved, belittled language of Black America. In C.

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Rosenfeld, G. (1976). Shut those thick lips! Can’t you behave like a human being? In J. I. Roberts & S. K. Akinsanya (Eds.), Schooling in the cultural context: Anthropological studies of education (pp. 226-238). New York, NY: David McKay Company, Inc.
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