LIN 200 Week 3 day 2 - AAVE

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Unformatted text preview: ly Scots Irish English. –  The Ulster Scots, an ethnic group of Ireland, brought habitual be with them when they settled in Northern Ireland in the province of Ulster during the early 1600s. Where did AAVE really come from? From 1701-1810, a total of 6 million slaves were transferred. Slave trade and African American ancestry Senegambia (Senegal-Gambia) 5.8% Sierra Leone 3.4% Windward Coast (Ivory Coast) 12.1% Gold Coast (Ghana) 14.4% Bight of Benin (Nigeria) 14.5 Bight of Biafra (Nigeria) 25.1% Cameroon-N. Angola 24.7% US slave demographics •  1800 the popula>on of the United States included 893,602 slaves, of which only 36,505 were in the northern states. •  The 3,953,760 slaves at the census of 1860 were in the southern states. The Origins of AAVE debate •  Anglicist View: AAE is a dialect of American English like any other. Its unique features come from older dialects of Bri>sh, Irish and Scobsh English. •  Creolist View: AAE is not a dialect of English but a new development created by the interac>on of Africans and Anglos as a result of slavery. What’s a creole? •  Proponents of the creole theory maintain that African ­ American English has its roots in African languages. •  According to the creolist theory, AAE arose from a pidgin language that was created among slaves from various linguis>c backgrounds, primarily from West Africa. •  This pidgin included features of both the West African languages and English. Over >me, this pidgin developed into a creole or hybrid language, and then more recently, became decreolized, and began to resemble English more closely. How does the creolist view work? Language contact situa>on pidginiza>on pidgin creoliza>on creole...
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2013 for the course LIN 200 taught by Professor Julia during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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