African American English Bibliography
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References on the assessment of speakers of AAE (often school-age children).
References on dialect shifting and teaching Standard English.
AAE at the level of discourse; ways of communicating, narrative styles, and cultural practices.
Is African American English diverging from other American English varieties?
Edited volumes on African American English
Individual chapters from these volumes are not listed in the bibliography.
Scholarly articles on AAE and hip-hop culture.
Beliefs and attitudes about AAE or AAE language ideology.
Recent publications from 2003 through 2007.
The history of AAE, including the creole/anglicist debates in sociolinguistics.
Writings on the diagnosis of pathology in AAE speakers.
Policy decisions, public controversy (including the Ebonics controversy), and AAE and the law.
The relationship between AAE and reading skills.
Linguistic variation in AAE at the levels of phonology, morphology, and syntax.
The relationship between AAE and writing skills.
CAL's bibliography provides a selection of references related to African American English and education. For a comprehensive list of references on AAE and education through 2004, see Rickford, J.R., Sweetland, J. & Rickford, A. (2004). African American English and other vernaculars in education: A topic-coded bibliography. Journal of English Linguistics, 32 (3), 230-320. (also forthcoming as a book from NCTE press).
This list was compiled by Kara Becker, Peter Patrick, and Jonathan Rosa.