I Can Look Through Muddy Water: Analyzing Earlier African American English in Blues Lyrics (Blur) (Regensburger Arbeiten Zur Anglistik Und Amerikanistik)

By: Ulrich Miethaner

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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.

Title: I Can Look Through Muddy Water: Analyzing Earlier African American English in Blues Lyrics (Blur) (Regensburger Arbeiten Zur Anglistik Und Amerikanistik)

Author Name: Ulrich Miethaner

Categories: Music: Blues,

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing: September 2005

ISBN Number: 0820477354

ISBN Number 13: 9780820477350

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Used - LikeNew

Seller ID: 209486