In this Book
A distillation of over twenty years’ experience, William Leap’s pioneering work on the varieties of American Indian English explores the linguistic and sociolinguistic characteristics of language use among Navajo, Hopi, Mojave, Ute, Tsimshian, Kotzebue, Ponca, Chilcotin, Seminole, Cherokee, and other American Indian tribes.
Unlike contemporary studies on schooling, ethnicity, empowerment, and educational failure, American Indian English avoids postmodernist jargon and discourse strategies in favor of direct description and commentary. Data are derived from real-life conditions faced by speakers of Indian English in various English-speaking settings. This practical focus enhances the book’s accessibility to Indian educators and community-based teachers, as well as non-Indian academics.
Table of Contents
- Part I: Speaker and Structures
- pp. 11-12
- Part II: Indian English and Ancestral Language Tradition
- pp. 91-92
- Part III: History and Functions
- pp. 145-146
- Chapter 5: Thoughts on the History of Indian English
- pp. 147-169
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- Part IV: Indian English in the Classroom
- pp. 207-208