Local and External Language Standards in African American English

  title={Local and External Language Standards in African American English},
  author={Tyler Kendall and W. Wolfram},
  journal={Journal of English Linguistics},
  pages={305 - 330}
This investigation attempts to determine the social distribution and contextual shifting of African American English (AAE) within rural Southern African American communities. The study compares selective diagnostic AAE variables and features of speech rate and pause in the speech of three recognized sociopolitical leaders in public presentations and sociolinguistic interviews. The results show that there are not significant shifts in the use of AAE from the sociolinguistic interview to the… Expand

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