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The Color Purple as one of the colors in Black English: a linguistic study of Black English in Alice Walker's The Color Purple
2004 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The characters in The Color Purple are colorful and the story itself is very strong. The book is written exclusively in diary form and the readers are introduced to the innermost thoughts of the two sisters, Celie and Nettie. The sisters write letters to each other: Nettie writes in an educated manner while Celie, the unscholarly sister, writes as she speaks – in Black English. Black English is one way of referring to the tongue spoken by African-American people living primarily in North America. The aim of this work is to shed some light on Black English (BE), in an attempt to give it some of the recognition it deserves. In the past, Black English was looked upon as a lesser kind of English. It has been stated that black children in school suffered from “verbal deprivation”, and it was said that the “duty of educators” was to supply them with a proper way of using English.Now we know better: on the contrary, black children live in a rich verbal culture in which linguistic ability is highly prized and in which many opportunities are offered for skilful competition. In fact, Black English is quite remarkable in some ways. For example, linguists who have described this particular speech have noticed how uniform it is in many respects. In other words, blacks who live in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Seattle speak very much alike, whereas the same cannot be said of non-blacks who live in the same cities. Standard English (SE) is preferred by educators, although it is yet another dialect of English. SE was originally a local dialect of the London-Central Midland region and it just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Black English has yet to be fully explored and recognized by the people.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, Black English, engelska, språkvetenskap
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-49766ISRN: LTU-DUPP--04/05--SELocal ID: 714bda22-b9fc-44d6-84b4-dbea24c2ab72OAI: diva2:1023113
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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