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230077 Language in North America: African American (Vernacular) English (S) (SoSe 2020)

Inhalt, Kommentar

African-American (Vernacular) English is one of the many terms used to describe the general type of English spoken by the greater part of the lower-class, poor, and poorly educated Blacks in the United States. As such, it is probably the main language of communication for well over ten million people. For this reason, but also because it has been credited with an historical development which is closely tied up with the social position of African-Americans - as slaves and later as an economically exploited group subject to urban ghettoization - and because this language offers such excellent chances to look into folk culture - that is, because Black English can provide a picture of language and culture in strong interaction, this subject is both interesting and rewarding.
In the seminar we will deal not only with the central areas of
• the phonology of Black English and
• the syntax of Black English,
but also with the following topics:
• African background: history, culture, language;
• pidgins and creoles and the origin of Black English;
• status of Black English; age-grading;
• vocabulary and paralinguistic features;
• educational problems: schools and non-standard language;
• Black culture: literature, music, street culture.

Literaturangaben

A literature / reading list will be provided.

Lehrende

Termine (Kalendersicht )

Rhythmus Tag Uhrzeit Ort Zeitraum  
wöchentlich Di 8:30-10:00 (s.t.) X-E1-200 06.04.2020-17.07.2020

Fachzuordnungen

Modul Veranstaltung Leistungen  
23-ANG-AngPM3 Profilmodul 3: American Studies PM 3. 1 Language in North America Studienleistung
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veranstaltungsübergreifend benotete Prüfungsleistung Studieninformation
23-ANG-AngPM3_a Profilmodul 3: American Studies 3.1 Language in North America Studienleistung
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veranstaltungsübergreifend benotete Prüfungsleistung Studieninformation
23-ANG-AngPM5 Profilmodul 5: English Language and Linguistics 5.3 Language in North America Studienleistung
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Konkretisierung der Anforderungen

In order to get full credit, the following is expected of you:
1. that you attend class regularly,
2. that you do the assigned reading and exercises,
3. that you present a short oral report and submit a written version of it.
If you do not want to make a presentation, you can take the final exam instead.
It is possible to write a module paper within the framework of this seminar.

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