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ERIC Number: ED359790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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On the Sociolinguistic Significance of Obscure Dialect Structures: The NP[i]"call" NP[i] Ving" Construction in African American Vernacular English.
Wolfram, Walt
A construction occurring in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) is examined: NPi "call" NPi V"-ing", as in "the woman call herself working." First, a number of reasons that such a form might be overlooked or dismissed as an AAVE dialect form are outlined. Then the sociolinguistic method is applied to the construction to analyze its syntactic context and distribution, semantic-pragmatic function, and status as a form AAVE. It is concluded that the construction is a camouflaged form somewhat different from classic cases of camouflaging, and that its syntactic similarity disguises its semantic uniqueness. Lack of stigmatization is also seen as contributing to the camouflaging. A 23-item bibliography and the questionnaire used to elicit information on the construction's use are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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