African American English: An Overview This article presents a summary of African-American English (AAE) for the speech-language pathologist. An overview of research on AAE and of the specific linguistic characteristics of AAE is presented. Examples of lexical, phonological, grammatical, and prosodic features of AAE and their implications for assessment are discussed. Linguistic variation within AAE ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 2008
African American English: An Overview
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  • Anne Harper Charity
    The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
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Article   |   July 01, 2008
African American English: An Overview
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2008, Vol. 15, 33-42. doi:10.1044/cds15.2.33
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, July 2008, Vol. 15, 33-42. doi:10.1044/cds15.2.33
Abstract

This article presents a summary of African-American English (AAE) for the speech-language pathologist. An overview of research on AAE and of the specific linguistic characteristics of AAE is presented. Examples of lexical, phonological, grammatical, and prosodic features of AAE and their implications for assessment are discussed. Linguistic variation within AAE is also described. Educational issues surrounding AAE and teachers' attitudes concerning student use of AAE are considered. The challenges in assessment that AAE presents for the SLP are highlighted along with resources for further information regarding AAE.

Acknowledgment
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation and the material is based upon research supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0512005 and the College of William and Mary. I would like to thank Mackenzie Fama, Christine Mallinson, Melissa Edwards, Carol Connor, and Nicole Patton Terry for their feedback on earlier versions of this chapter. A longer version of the information on AAE presented in this paper appears as Charity (2008).
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