Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 11:57:36 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: The ADS crystal ball In Message Tue, 6 Dec 1994 21:40:58 -0500, AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] writes: >What could such topics be? Well, we might consider other places, e.g. >Heartland English or New York City speech; we might revisit the Linguistic >Atlas of New England; we might ponder slang with Jonathan Lighter; wonder >about innovation in AAVE; review the neologisms of the 20th century. Pick >keynote speakers and organize panels early; seek grants; perhaps publish >proceedings. I have been wondering why very few American dialectologists have been engaged by conjectures on the development of AAVE by offering reflections on the genesis of other varieties of American English. By now it seems more and more obvious that the cluster of varieties called American English have resulted from language contact. While there have been several isolated replies to the scholarship on the genesis of AAVE, replies which typically claim the British origin of several features, I am surprised that no serious attempt has been made to account for the transmission of these features and their reorganization (not necessarily with features from the same dialectal source in the British Isles) into American English. Could a special session/conference be organized just in order to encourage research in this direction? Just an idea not so well thought out that I want to submit for consideration, since new ideas are solicited. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861