Date: Sat, 5 Feb 1994 07:47:06 -0600 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: AAVE variation and ADS in Toronto On Fri, 31 Dec 1993, John Baugh wrote: > > Most of my African American informants from across the U.S. make > the greatest ethnolinguistic distinction between "urban" and "rural" > black speech. Guy Bailey did some intersting work between College > Station and Houston that looked at this "rural" vs. "urban" > contrast. Nearly all of my informants lived in cities, but they too > had strong stereotypes regarding "country talk" which was often > equated with black folk speech in the South. > > I'm teaching Richard Wright's NATIVE SON. One character in that novel, an elderly preacher clearly cast as an Uncle Tom type, speaks in a "dialect" with /ai/ flattening = "ah", /r/ loss in your as "yo." Also /r/ loss in Lord as "Lawd." None of theother African American American characters have these features, although there is copula deletion and an occasional "done" aspect. I thought my Af. Am. students would identify the preacher as "country" but when I asked there was a long silence and then one (these kids are from the Chicago area) volunteered "Southern." I wonder if others are aware of stereotyped features in the African. American speech community. By the way, later this semester we're doing "Huck" and "Their Eyes were watching God"; both use literary dialect in ways I think present interesting problems. We'll see what happens. Tim Frazer