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American Indian English documents and examines the diversity of English in American Indian speech communities. It presents a convincing case for the fundamental influence of ancestral Native American languages on respective modern Indian English codes.

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

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part I: Speaker and Structures
  2. pp. 11-12
  1. Chapter 1: Speakers and Speech Communities
  2. pp. 13-43
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  1. Chapter 2: Sound Patterns, Sentence Forms, and Meanings
  2. pp. 44-90
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  1. Part II: Indian English and Ancestral Language Tradition
  2. pp. 91-92
  1. Chapter 3: The Ancestral Language Base
  2. pp. 93-111
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  1. Chapter 4: Diversity and Contrast
  2. pp. 112-144
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  1. Part III: History and Functions
  2. pp. 145-146
  1. Chapter 5: Thoughts on the History of Indian English
  2. pp. 147-169
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  1. Chapter 6: Functions of Indian English
  2. pp. 170-206
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  1. Part IV: Indian English in the Classroom
  2. pp. 207-208
  1. Chapter 7: Contexts of Schooling on the Northern Ute Reservation
  2. pp. 209-229
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  1. Chapter 8: Drawing Inferences When Reading
  2. pp. 230-247
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  1. Chapter 9: Question-answering as Story-telling
  2. pp. 248-264
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  1. Chapter 10: Writing Ute English
  2. pp. 265-279
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  1. Conclusions
  2. pp. 280-288
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 289-296
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 297-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-312
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607811985
Related ISBN
9780874806397
MARC Record
OCLC
43476740
Pages
314
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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