This summary provides a comprehensive description of African American English (AAE).
It also presents new research, so that AAE is examined not only in terms of what distinguishes it from other varieties of English. In 12 chapters this book covers the phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics of AAE. In addition, it provides in-depth information on the genesis, acquisition and sociolinguistics of AAE. Besides presenting readers with the most up-to-date research on AAE, this book also alerts its users to unanswered research questions and new research avenues. Researchers and students alike should find this book's bibliography particularly useful.