Date: Sat, 1 Jan 1994 10:39:42 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Variation in AAVE Thanks to Don Lance for the Guy Bailey reference. When I was living in Urbana, Illinois, it was very obvious to hear differences between "natives" and those who (or whose families) had moved up from the Lower Mississippi River and settled out enroute to Chicago. Urbana/Champaign would be a very good spot to do a full community study (something I was too tied up with other things at the time to consider). As James Sledd long ago noted, there have always been social differences in the speech of AA communities, but these have been inadequately explored as well. If one could gain access, a fascinating group to study would be the old upper-class AA community in the Washington, DC area, which was highly closed but very significant. Migration to the cities is creating an rural/urban split in AA and Anglo communities both, but it will be useful to rescue evidence of older arrangements before these are totally subordinated to the rural/urban distinction. Happy New Year, y'all --Rudy Troike