ERIC Number: ED056008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
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Aspects of Morphemics, Syntax, and Semology of an Inner-city Dialect (Merican).
Fickett, Joan G.
Since the early sixties, the need has existed for linguistic description of the language of the inner city. This dissertation was written to meet this need. Data were collected over a period of two years using the field methods of anthropological linguistics as adapted to an urban situation. Analysis in terms of the data yields a description that proceeds from the data to the morphemics and then the syntax of the language. Classification of predicative elements shows an elaboration of verbal categories such as phase and aspect. The analysis of category meanings reveals a tense system whereby grammatical structures peculiar to the language may report on four degrees of "past" or two degrees of "future in relation to a true morphological "present." The dichotomy of present/non-present (in contrast with the English past/non-past dichotomy) in combination with the tense system indicate that the language of the inner city is not simply a dialect of English but a language in its own right. (Author)
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Data Collection, Dialect Studies, Grammar, Language Research, Linguistics, Morphology (Languages), Nonstandard Dialects, Urban Population, Verbal Communication
Meadowood Publications, West Rush, New York 14587 ($6.00)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, State University of New York at Buffalo