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«I can look through muddy water»

Analyzing Earlier African American English in Blues Lyrics (BLUR)

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With its 1.5 million words BLUR is the biggest electronic corpus of nonstandard English. The present study describes the stages in the design, the compilation, and the editing of BLUR and attempts to gauge its linguistic profit. This is done both from a theoretical perspective – blues poetry vs. natural speech, representativeness, validity – and from an analytical perspective in particular qualitative, quantitative, and comparative analyses of morphological, morphosyntactic, and syntactic features. The findings indicate that BLUR provides an outstandingly rich and reliable documentation of the vernaculars spoken by African Americans between the Civil War and World War II. The more than 1,000 illustrative examples presented throughout this study attest to the correctness of this statement.


Titel: «I can look through muddy water»
Autoren/Herausgeber: Ulrich Miethaner
Aus der Reihe: Regensburger Arbeiten zur Anglistik und Amerikanistik / Regensburg Studies in British and American Languages and Cultures
Ausgabe: Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783631540572

Seitenzahl: 248
Format: 21 x 14,8 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 330 g
Sprache: Englisch

The Author: Ulrich Miethaner, born in 1969 in Kötzting, studied from 1989 to 1997 English and History in Regensburg and Boulder, Colorado. From 1997 to 2002 he was Research Assistant at the University of Regensburg. Since 2002 he is grammar school teacher for English and History. - Newsletter
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