Selected Bibliography

Books and Edited Works

  1976 (Ed.), A Festival of Guyanese Words. Georgetown: University of Guyana. Second edition, revised and expanded, 1978.  
  1987 Dimensions of a Creole Continuum. Stanford: Stanford University Press.  
  1987 (Ed.), Sociolinguistics and Pidgin-Creole Studies. Issue #71, International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Mouton, The Hague.  
  1987 (Ed., with Keith Denning, Sharon Inkelas, and Faye McNair-Knox), Variation in Language. Department of Linguistics, Stanford University.  
  1998 African American English, ed. by Salikoko S. Mufwene, John R. Rickford, Guy Bailey and John Baugh. London: Routledge.  
  1999 African American Vernacular English: Features and Use, Evolution, and Educational Implications. Oxford: Blackwell. (Forthcoming, 1998.)  
  1999 Creole Genesis, Attitudes and Discourse: Studies Celebrating Charlene Sato, ed. (with Suzanne Romaine). Amsterdam: John Benjamins (August 1999)  
  2000 Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English. (With Russell J. Rickford) New York: John Wiley. [Winner of a 2000 American Book Award]  
  2002 Style and Sociolinguistic Variation, ed. (with Penelope Eckert). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  
  2004    Language in the USA: Perspectives for the New Millennium, ed. (With Edward Finegan). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  
  2012 Language, Culture and Caribbean Identity, ed. (with Jeannette Allsopp).  Kingston, Jamaica:  University of West Indies Press  
  2012 African American, Creole, and Other English Vernaculars in Education (with Julie Sweetland, Angela Rickford, and Thomas Grano).  NCTE and Routledge/Taylor Francis. (more...)  
 

 
 
   

African American, Creole, and Other English Vernaculars in Education: A Bibliographical Resource (with Julie Sweetland, Angela Rickford, and Thomas Grano) 

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More than 50 years of scholarly attention to the intersection of language and education have resulted in a rich body of literature on the role of vernacular language varieties in the classroom. This field of work can be bewildering in its size and variety, drawing as it does on the diverse methods, theories, and research paradigms of fields such as sociolinguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, and education. Compiling many, if not most, of the publications from the past half century that deal with this critical topic, this volume includes more than 1600 references (books, articles in journals or books, and web-accessible dissertations and other works) on education in relation to African American Vernacular English [AAVE], English-based pidgins and creoles, Latina/o English, Native American English, and other English vernaculars such as Appalachian English in the US and Aboriginal English in Australia, with accompanying abstracts for approximately a third of them. This comprehensive bibliography provides a tool useful for those interested in the complex issue of how knowledge about language variation can be used to more effectively teach students who speak a nonstandard or stigmatized language variety. (more...)

 
 
 
 
 

Language, Culture and Caribbean Identity 

This timely and insightful publication, thought-provoking and highly educational, is dedicated to the memory of outstanding Caribbean linguist, Richard Allsopp. The contributors, many of them leading authorities on language variation in the Caribbean, explore various aspects of language, culture and identity in the region, focusing on themes that engaged Allsopp in his lifetime: Creole linguistics, Caribbean lexicography, language in folklore and religion, literature, music and dance, and language issues in Caribbean schools.
- University of the West Indies Press

"This landmark tribute to the Caribbeans pioneering lexicographer brings together contributions that span the encyclopaedic interests that Richard Allsopp would have pursued in his journey through Caribbean English usage. The volume is at once provocative and informative  an excellent read for both the specialist linguistic scholar and the curious layman."
- Lawrence D. Carrington, Emeritus Professor of Creole Linguistics, University of the
West Indies

"This anthology offers a refreshing and novel look at the linguistic and cultural practices of Caribbean societies, from the perspective of leading Caribbean scholars. Its coverage ranges from linguistic analysis, to lexicography, to folklore and religion, the arts and literature, and issues of language policy in education. Every contribution provides fresh insights, and together they constitute a treasure trove of new scholarship that celebrates the great legacy of the Caribbeanist par excellence, Richard Allsopp. The book will be compulsory reading for all students of the Caribbean."
- Donald Winford, Professor of Linguistics, Ohio State University, and Editor, Journal
of Pidgin and Creole Languages

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African-American English: Structure, History and Use 

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African-American English: Structure, History and Use provides a comprehensive survey of linguistic research into African-American English. The main linguistic features are covered, in particular the grammar, phonology and lexicon. Further chapters explore the sociological, political and educational issues connected with African-American English.

The editors are the leading experts in the field and along with other key figures, notably William Labov, Geneva Smitherman and Walt Wolfram, they provide an authoritative, diverse guide to this topical subject area. Drawing on many contemporary references: the Oakland School controversy, the rap of Ice-T, the contributors reflect the state of current scholarship on African-American English, and actively dispel many misconceptions, address new questions and explore new approaches.

The book is designed to serve as a text for the increasing number of courses on African-American English and as a convenient reference for students of linguistics, black studies and anthropology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

 
 
 
   

African American Vernacular English 

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In response to the flood of interest in African American Vernacular English (AAVE) following the recent controversy over "Ebonics," this book brings together sixteen essays on the subject by a leading expert in the field, one who has been researching and writing on it for a quarter of a century.
 
 
 
 

Dimensions of a Creole Continuum
John Rickford
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Spoken Soul

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In 1996, an America Online poll about Ebonics sparked more responses than did its survey on O.J. Simpson. And that's just a taste of the controversy and debate that Black English has provoked over the years. Called "Spoken Soul" by Claude Brown, author of Manchild in the Promised Land, the dialect of African Americans has been lauded, derided, questioned, and discussed for decades, but never so comprehensively and fairly as in this historic, sociologic, and linguistic overview and analysis by John Russell Rickford (the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University) and Russell John Rickford (a journalist, formerly of the Philadelphia Inquirer).

They discuss the attitudinal impact of socioeconomic factors, as well as the effect of generation and gender. They look at the place of black vernacular in literature and family, identity and culture, education and politics. And they track previous debates, from Paul Laurence Dunbar's considerations in the late 1800s to the black intelligentsia of the Harlem Renaissance to the issues raised by the civil rights movement of the 1960s to the recent Ebonics discourse.

Part 2, entitled "This Passion, This Skill, This Incredible Music," takes a close look at the richness of Spoken Soul, as recorded in literature (both black and white), from John Leacock's 1776 play The Fall of British Tyranny to DMX's rap lyrics of today. They look at the language of preachers and comedians, actors and singers, and scores of writers, and then they delve deeper, into the components of the living language, examining the vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and history of the black vernacular. And finally, the Rickfords discuss the role of Spoken Soul in terms of African American identity. The result? A thoughtful, erudite, and provocative narrative that lifts the discussion of Black English out of the knee-jerk negativity that arose from the Ebonics controversy of 1996 and into the loftier and more appropriate realms of linguistics, literature, and culture. --Stephanie Gold --
 
 
 
 
   

Creole Genesis, Attitudes and Discourse: Studies Celebrating Charlene J. Sato

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This academic study begins by focusing on the genesis and development of pidgin languages and creoles. Further sections deal with attitudes to creole varieties, and with the related question of the place of such varieties in local schools.
 
 
 
   

Style and Sociolinguistic Variation

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Contributions to this work deal not only with grammatical gender but also with discursive procedures for constructing gender as a relevant social category in text and context. Attention is directed to European cultures which have not received extensive linguistic and discourse analysis, such as Austria, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Questions of English grammatical gender are also dealt with. The studies argue that feminine gender is often staged in a way that leads to situative asymmetry to the advantage of men. They also suggest that the broader societal context of patriarchy does not determine all communicative encounters, but demands particular efforts from women and men to be subverted.
 
 
 
   

Language in the USA: Themes for the Twenty-first Century

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Contributions to this work deal not only with grammatical gender but also with discursive procedures for constructing gender as a relevant social category in text and context. Attention is directed to European cultures which have not received extensive linguistic and discourse analysis, such as Austria, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Poland and Sweden. Questions of English grammatical gender are also dealt with. The studies argue that feminine gender is often staged in a way that leads to situative asymmetry to the advantage of men. They also suggest that the broader societal context of patriarchy does not determine all communicative encounters, but demands particular efforts from women and men to be subverted.