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Lisa J. Green, African American English: A Linguistic Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 January 2006

Alexander Kautzsch
Department of English and American Studies, University of Regensburg, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany,


Lisa J. Green, African American English: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 285 pp. Pb $31.99.

When I first saw Cambridge University Press's announcement of Lisa Green's book, I was quite excited, because a systematic, comprehensive introductory book on African American English had been lacking in the field for quite a while. But now one is available and – to start with my overall impression – it is very good. In what follows I survey the book's contents as well as offer critical assessment of its goals and how they are achieved.

© 2006 Cambridge University Press

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