Readings in African American Language

Aspects, Features, and Perspectives, Vol. 2

by Nathaniel Norment, Jr. (Volume editor)
Textbook 310 Pages


Readings in African American Language: Aspects, Features, and Perspectives, Volume 2 brings together scholars who research various theoretical approaches of the origin, characteristics, and development of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). The advantages of AAVE, codeswitching, dialect interference in writing, theories, and politics in AAVE, text analysis, and critical pedagogy all are discussed in this volume. Each article provides a different perspective attesting to the vitality and relevance of African American language as an academic, social, and cultural/linguistic entry in the field of language studies.


ISBN (Softcover)
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 310 pp.

Biographical notes

Nathaniel Norment, Jr. (Volume editor)

The Editor: Nathaniel Norment, Jr. is Associate Professor and Chair of the African American Studies Department at Temple University in Philadelphia. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and history from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, and his Ph.D. in language literacy, and learning (curriculum and instruction) from Fordham University in New York. His areas of specialization include African American literature, curriculum and teaching, rhetoric and composition, applied linguistics, African American Studies, and comparative rhetoric. He is editor of The African American Studies Reader and Readings in African American Language: Aspects, Features and Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2003), and he has published articles in professional journals.


Title: Readings in African American Language