Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 21:35:19 -0500

From: Cynthia Bernstein bernscy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU

Subject: Re: dialect in literature

Along these lines, see Katherine Wyly Mille's essay, "Ambrose Gonzales's

Gullah: What It May Tell Us about Variation" in _Language Variety in the

South Revisited_, just out from The Univ of Alabama Press. Marianne

Cooley also has a relevant essay in this volume on the representation of

African-American English in _The Padlock_, a play produced in the 1760s in

London and New York.

Cynthia Bernstein

On Tue, 7 Oct 1997, Chris Corcoran wrote:

You also might want to check out Ambrose Gonzales' introduction to the

Black Border 1922. I guess you could say all of what Gonzales writes is

dialect so he isn't exactly an example of dialect in literature but

literary dialect, or something like that. Anyway, in his introduction he

evaluates a number of 19th and early 20th century examples of both writers

who wrote stories entirely in dialect as well as writers who use dialects

in their stories. Of course, Gonzales says some crazy things, but it might

be interesting to see who he chose to evaluate.

Chris Corcoran


Christine Corcoran


Univ of Chicago

Kapu Sehns Noh Kapu Wohd

"Focus on the meaning, not the words"