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ERIC Number: ED073478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 151
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Black Dialect: Current Linguistic Studies and Black American Novels.
Sorrells, Mary Suzanne Kirkman
A representative group of black American novels was examined to discover the extent to which black dialect has been employed by black novelists, to determine the validity of the dialect used, to show a relationship between their representation of dialect and the era in which they lived, and to compare linguistic studies of black dialect with their representation of dialect. Linguistically verifiable features of black dialect were compiled, and each novel was examined for those features as well as for other variations in the speech of black characters. A survey of black American history was also made to determine the relationship between the existing racial climate and the dialect representations made by each author. Findings revealed that early black novelists were often forced to employ stereotyped dialect while later writers freed themselves to represent black speech realistically. Since "The Invisible Man" appeared, black novelists have also worked to represent the rhythms of black speech. It was concluded that black American novelists have attempted, in spite of tremendous social pressures to conform to whites' stereotypes of blacks, to present a fairly accurate record of black dialect. (Author/HS)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, East Texas State University