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By Lisa J. Green

This authoritative advent to African American English (AAE) is the 1st textbook to examine the grammar as an entire. sincerely prepared, it describes styles within the sentence constitution, sound procedure, be aware formation and note use. It examines schooling, speech occasions within the secular and spiritual global, and using AAE in literature and the media to create black photos. It contains workouts to accompany every one bankruptcy and is vital analyzing for college kids in linguistics, schooling, anthropology, African American experiences and literature.

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Attempting to give an account of slang in any work presents very interesting challenges. Perhaps the most formidable problem is that slang changes rapidly, so it is virtually impossible to give an accurate account of current slang items. It is certain that by the time this book is completed, many of the lexical items that are presented in this section will be obsolete. When I first started collecting information for a project related to this book in the early to mid 1990s, phat (adjective meaning extremely nice, good looking or of good taste) was popular among African American adolescents, teens and young adults.

In the video, people get their roll on by ‘rolling’ in expensive cars, those that are nice or off the chain, such as the Bentley and Lamborghini. Summary The general picture of the African American lexicon that has been developed here is one that is broadly sectioned into three components: (1) general words and phrases that cross generational boundaries and are likely to span regional and class boundaries, (2) verbal markers and (3) current slang items used by adolescents and young adults. , whether the lexical item is used in or originated in a particular region) will be indicated in the lexicon, as indicated in the entry for whoadie.

It is certain that by the time this book is completed, many of the lexical items that are presented in this section will be obsolete. When I first started collecting information for a project related to this book in the early to mid 1990s, phat (adjective meaning extremely nice, good looking or of good taste) was popular among African American adolescents, teens and young adults. In 1999 and probably long before that, the word was no longer popular according to students in a large introductory lecture class in African and Afro-American studies.

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