The Emergence of Black English

Text and commentary

Editors
| Oklahoma State Univ.
| Mississippi State Univ.
| University of Houston
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Debate over the evolution of Black English Vernacular (BEV) has permeated Afro-American studies, creole linguistics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics for a quarter of a century with little sign of a satisfactory resolution, primarily because evidence that bears directly on the earlier stages of BEV is sparse. This book brings together 11 transcripts of mechanical recordings of interviews with former slaves born well over a century ago. It attempts to make this crucial source of data as widely known as possible and to explore its importance for the study of Black English Vernacular in view of various problems of textual composition and interpretation. It does so by providing a complete description of the contents of the recordings, by providing transcripts of most of the contents, and by publishing a group of interpretive essays which examine the data in the light of other relevant historical, cultural, social, and linguistic evidence and which provide contexts for interpretation and analysis. In these essays a group of diverse scholars on BEV analyze the same texts for the first time; the lack of consensus that emerges may seem surprising, but in fact highlights some of the basic problems of textual composition and interpretation and of scholarly dispositions that underlie the study of BEV. The papers raise crucial questions about the evolution of BEV, about its relationship to other varieties, and, most important, about the construction and interpretation of linguistic texts.
[Creole Language Library, 8]  1991.  x, 352 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
ix
Introduction
1
1. Texts
23
2. Commentary
Speaking of Slavery: The Historical Value of the Recordings with Former Slaves
Paul D. Escott
123
Slave Narratives, Slave Culture, and the Slave Experience
Joe Graham
133
Songs, Sermons, and Life Stories: The Legacy of the Ex-Slave Narratives
Jeutonne P. Brewer
155
The Linguistic Value of the Ex-Slave Recordings
Michael Montgomery
173
Representativeness and Reliability of the Ex-Slave Materials, With Special Reference to Wallace Quarterman’s Recording and Transcript
John R. Rickford
191
Is Gullah Decreolizing? A Comparison of a Speech Sample of the 1930s with a Sample of the 1980s
Salikoko S. Mufwene
213
The Atlantic Creoles and the Language of the Ex-Slave Recordings
John Holm †
231
Liberian Settler English and the Ex-Slave Recordings: A Comprative Study
John Victor Singler
249
There’s No Tense Like the Present: Verbal — S Inflection in Early Black English
Shana Poplack and Sali A. Tagliamonte
275
Appendix
327
Bibliography
331
List of Contributors
351
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  91013319