Homework #1 , Names of both groups of people and their language use evolve over time. For example, America has seen the following (simplified) evolution

Homework #1 , Names of both groups of people and their language use evolve over time.  For example, America has seen the following (simplified) evolution of terms: Colored Negro Black ( ) African American I put the parentheses around the arrow between “Black” and “African American” because I do not believe that there is a completed transition here.  In fact, there is currently some controversy in the Black/African American community as to which term is superior! The following terms have seen use in an effort to name the language use of many Black Americans: ∙Black English       ∙Black English Vernacular      ·Afro American English ·African American English           ·African American Vernacular English a) State which terms typically use to name the people and the language use.  Briefly explain your preference. b) Interview a young ( .  Ask whether he or she prefers the term “Black” or “African American,” and find out why.  Then show your consultant the list of language names above, and learn which one he or she likes best (and why).  Write up your findings. c) Same as (b) above, but interview an On points out nine similarities that Black English has with West African languages in general.  She does not, however, give specific examples from any West African languages here. pick one of the 19 West African Languages from the map Do a little research and find out whether your selected language actually shows any or all of the nine characteristics that Smitherman points out.  Wikipedia can be a good start, but also feel free to use descriptive grammars from libraries other internet sources, or personal interviews with native speakers.  Just make sure you tell me where your data come from.  You probably won’t be able to find data on all nine factors, but do your best and you will be okay. We have seen some generalizations of the sound system of Black English Record a television show whose principal cast members are African American.  I recommend either a situation comedy or perhaps a stand-up comedy show.  Watch the videotape (at least 15 minutes’ worth) and see if you can find examples of any of these pronunciation generalizations that we’ve talked about in class and seen in the texts.  Example: Richard (older brother, age 19) says “mo” Instead of “more,” dropping the final r sound. You don’t get to use the same example more than once, so if Richard says “mo” ten times, that only counts as one piece of data.  If a different character says “mo,” though, you can use that. . , you see a narrative in Black English about a girl named Shirley.  read this very carefully (as well as McWhorter’s discussion of it). Start from the third paragraph (beginning “When Shirley get home….”), and go through each sentence until the end.  For each sentence, point out if there are any ways in which the storyteller’s syntax differs from Standard English.  Some sentences may have more than one difference; some sentences may not have any differences.  Be as thorough as you can.  Use technical terminology to the extent that you can, but don’t worry if you need to be a bit informal in some of your descriptions.

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