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ERIC Number: ED039512
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Pages: 54
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A Phonological and Morphological Study of the Speech of the Negro of Memphis, Tennessee.
Williamson, Juanita Virginia
Publication of the American Dialect Society, n50 p1-54 Nov 1968
This study of certain phonological and morphological aspects of the Negro speech of Memphis, Tennessee, is a revision of the author's 1961 Ph.D. thesis submitted to the University of Michigan. Twenty-four informants, all but one of whom were native Memphians, were used for the study; they were classed according to education and age. The interview form was the short work sheet of the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada. Free conversation was encouraged, however, and was the main source of the morphological and syntactical items. Chapters on phonology contain a description of the segmental phonemes, a discussion of the incidence of the phonemes, and a discussion of the vowels before unsyllabic "schwa" and consonantal "r". It was concluded that the distinctively Memphian phonological features were to be found on the subphonemic levels and in the incidence of the phonemes. Little difference was found in the speech of the educated and non-educated on the phonological level. The morphological section of the study concentrates on selected features of the morphology of the noun, the pronoun and the verb. Marked differences between educated and non-educated informants were found on this level, especially in the use of verb form. A concluding chapter summarizes the findings of the study. See related document ED 021 210. (FWB)
Sales Department, University of Alabama Press, Drawer 2877, University, Alabama 35486
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Identifiers: Tennessee; Tennessee (Memphis)