This course will examine the history, linguistic structure, and sociocultural patterns of use of English as spoken by African Americans in the United States. We will focus on the phonology and morphosyntax that is considered unique to AAE, and discuss lexical and discursive features as well. We will cover the major debates that continue to rage within AAE scholarship, including the debates surrounding its origins and its use in education. Additional topics include AAE and hip hop, appropriation, and crossing.
Max Enrollment: 15
Prerequisites: Either LING 114 or CLSC 216/PSYC 216 and related coursework at the 200 level or permission of the instructor.
Instructor: S. Fisher
Distribution Requirements: EC - Epistemology and Cognition; SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis
Typical Periods Offered: Spring
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Spring