Contents: W. Wolfram, Foreword. Preface. Who Is Malik? An Overview of Research on Child AAE. Our School-Based Participants and Sampling Procedures. Features of Child AAE. Distributional Properties of AAE in the Early Grades. Nondialectal Expressive and Receptive Language Skills. Evaluating Language at School Entry. African American Children in Academic Distress. Relationships Among Language and Literacy Skills for African American Students. Summary and Final Thoughts. Appendices.
"'The sophistication of these authors in linguistics, language acquisition, and language disorders means that their characterization of AAE is both rich and original. They provide an excellent overview of the importance of approaching AAE on its own terms, rather than treating SAE as the reference standard and then simply cataloging the ways in which AAE differs from it. They provide a persuasive rationale for using the term 'AAE' rather than other terms that have been applied to the language variations produced by African American students, and they emphasize that the term 'dialect' as applied to AAE must be understood to encompass a comprehensive set of language variations resulting from creolization processes rather than a limited set of regionalisms or a reduced version of SAE." - Chris Dollaghan University of Pittsburgh"