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The Routledge Companion to the Work of John R. Rickford

ISBN 9781138370708
Published October 15, 2019 by Routledge
522 Pages 79 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive collection is the first full book-length volume to bring together writing focused around and inspired by the work of John Rickford and his role in sociolinguistic research over the last four decades. Featuring contributions from more than 40 leading scholars in the field, the volume integrates both historical and current perspectives on key topics in Rickford’s body of work at the intersection of language and society, highlighting the influence of his work from diverse fields such as sociolinguistics, stylistics, creole studies, and language and education.

The volume is organized around four sections, each representing one of the fundamental strands in Rickford’s scholarship over the course of his career, bookended by short vignettes that feature stories from the field to more broadly contextualize his intellectual legacy:

• Language contact from a sociolinguistic and sociohistorical point of view

• The political ramifications of linguistic heterogeneity

• The stylistic implications of language variation and change

• The educational implications of linguistic heterogeneity and social injustice

Taken together, The Routledge Companion to the Work of John R. Rickford serves as a platform to showcase Rickford’s pioneering contributions to the field and, in turn, to socially reflective linguistic research more generally, making this key reading for students and researchers in sociolinguistics, creole studies, language and style, and language and education.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

  1. Introduction

  1. Introduction to the volume
  2. Renée Blake and Isabelle Buchstaller

  3. The makings of a linguist: John R. Rickford’s education in his native Guyana

Ewart Thomas

  1. Exploring language contact from a sociolinguistic and socio-historical point of view

  1. Introduction
  2. John Victor Singler

  3. In the Fisherman’s net: Language contact in a sociolinguistics context
  4. Shelome Gooden

  5. African- Indian- American South- and Caribbean worlds: connecting with John R. Rickford’s language contact research
  6. Rajend Mesthrie

  7. Ideophones in Guyanese speech: An inventory of depictive lexemes and implications for (de)creolization
  8. Walter Edwards and Onjel Williams

  9. Systemic linguistic discrimination and disenfranchisement in the Creolophone Caribbean: The case of the St. Lucian legal system
  10. Ian Robertson and Sandra Evans

  11. The English words in Sranan: From where, from whom and how?
  12. André Sherriah, Hubert Devonish, Ewart Thomas, and Nicole Creanza

  13. Another look at the creolist hypothesis of AAVE origins
  14. Don Winford

  15. Rickford’s list of African American English grammatical features: An update
  16. Arthur Spears

  17. The ‘aks’ of its day?: Revisiting invariant am in Early Black English
  18. John McWhorter

  19. Viewing ex-slave narratives from a different angle: Variation and discourse
  20. Lisa Green and Ayana Whitmal

  21. Race, class, and linguistic camouflage: Remote past BEEN and the divergence debate revisited
  22. Tracey Weldon

  23. The sociolinguistic ramifications of social injustice: The case of Black ASL
  24. Robert Bayley, Ceil Lucas, Joseph Hill, and Carolyn McCaskill

  25. Ethnolinguistic infusion at a Sephardic adventure camp

Sarah Bunin Benor

  1. The political ramifications of linguistic heterogeneity

  1. Introduction
  2. Alicia Beckford Wassink

  3. Giving voice to despair and defiance: Rickford in Guyana
  4. William Labov

  5. American mestizos in the Philippines: ‘Mongrelization’ and ‘mixedness’ in American colonial media discourse
  6. Bonnie McElhinny

  7. Family matters: Seminal Rickford contributions to Kinesics, Education, Linguistics, and Law
  8. John Baugh

  9. ‘Are you Soul Folk, Baby?’ Black English, struggle, and consciousness in the 1960s and 1970s
  10. Russell J. Rickford

  11. We should declare AAL a separate language, although there’s no scientific reason (not) to
  12. Ralph Fasold

  13. Where sociolinguistics and speech science meet: The physiological and acoustic consequences of underbite in a multilectal speaker of African American English
  14. Alicia Beckford Wassink

  15. Credibility without intelligibility: Implications for hearing vernacular speakers
  16. Lauren Hall-Lew, Inês Paiva Couceiro and Amie Fars

  17. Using pharyngeals out of context: Linguistic stereotypes in parodic performances of Mizrahi Hebrew speakers
  18. Roey Gafter

  19. Sociolinguists trying to make a difference: race, research and linguistic activism
  20. Mary Bucholtz

  21. Linguistic justice: Evaluating the speech of asylum claimants
  22. Peter Patrick

  23. Linguistics on trial, under arrest, and in prison: On sharing sociolinguistic and forensic linguistic knowledge with attorneys, law enforcement practitioners, and incarcerated persons
  24. Natalie Schilling

  25. Implicit sociolinguistic bias and social justice
  26. Walt Wolfram and Karen Eisenhauer

  27. Forging new ways of hearing diversity: The politics of linguistic heterogeneity in the work of John R. Rickford
  28. Sharese King and Jonathan Rosa

    IV The stylistic implications of language variation and change

  29. Introduction
  30. Edward Finegan

  31. Indexical obsolescence
  32. Penelope Eckert

  33. Age grading, style, and language change: A lifespan perspective
  34. Gillian Sankoff

  35. Style: The presentation of self in everyday life – to an empty theater?
  36. Dennis Preston

  37. Pidgin, pride and prejudice: Race, gender and stylistic codeswitching in Nigerian stand-up comedy
  38. Rudolf Gaudio

  39. ‘I’d better schedule an MRI’: The linguistic stylization of ‘white’ ethnicity in comedy Carmen Fought
  40. The N word as an emblem of survival identity in African American comedy
  41. Jacquelyn Rahman

  42. Style in motion: Lectal focusing in an African American sermon
  43. Devyani Sharma, Lars Hinrichs, Tracy Conner, and Andrea Kortenhoven

  44. Topic-restricting as far as revisited
  45. Robin Melnick and Thomas Wasow

  46. Don’t neglect the situation – but don’t stop there either! On intra-individual variation
  47. Frans Gregersen

    V. The educational implications of linguistic heterogeneity and social injustice

  48. Introduction
  49. Julie Sweetland and Angela Rickford

  50. The Effects of culturally relevant texts and questions on the reading comprehension of students of color
  51. Angela E. Rickford

  52. Vernaculars – Symbols of solidarity and truth in literature
  53. Hazel Simmons-McDonald

  54. Transnationalism, social networks, and heterogeneous language practices: A case study of a New York-based Jamaican student
  55. Shondel Nero

  56. Vetting the Versatility Approach
  57. Julie Sweetland

  58. John Rickford and social justice for speakers of Vernacular English
  59. Jeff Siegel

  60. I, too, am America’: African American Language, #BlackLivesMatter, and Critical (Socio)Linguistics
  61. Sonja Lanehart

  62. A Pedagogy of Linguistic Justice: John Rickford in the classroom and the field

Django Paris

VI. Vignettes

John R. Rickford – back in the day

Gregory Guy

Tribute to a colleague

Tom Wasow

Putting the humanity into linguistics

Dan Jurafsky

Notes on mentorship

Isla Kristina Flores-Bayer

The Consummate Teacher

Sarah Roberts

Ode to John R. Rickford

Christine Théberge Rafal

Notes on crossdisciplinary mentorship

Janina Fenigsen

Tribute to a scholar

Salikoko S. Mufwene

Spoken Soul: Tribute to a seminal work

Geneva Smitherman and H. Samy Alim

John R. Rickford’s influence on language and practice

Toya Wyatt

Tribute from an educator

Noma LeMoine

Black Lives Matter

Michel DeGraff

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Renée Blake is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, USA.

Isabelle Buchstaller is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.