Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: Teaching English as a Second Language: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
codeswitching, language, standard english, black language
This paper explores the African American male perception of codeswitching between African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and Standard American English (SAE) within varying social, academic, and professional environments. This research is collected through interviews with 10 subjects from varying socioeconomic and educational backgrounds, while attempting to better understand how these perceptions were potentially created and reinforced through social and academic experience; while also attempting connection between these experiences and subject’s awareness of the presence of their own codeswitching as adults. This paper classifies subjects into two distinct groups based on socioeconomic and academic upbringing, identifying subjects from dominant culture (Tatum, 2017) as “Homogenous” and those from more ethnically diverse backgrounds as “Diverse” to more easily identify different experiences which could be associated to differentiated upbringings.
Bukowski, Joseph, "Sorry to Bother You - the perception of code-switching among African American males" (2019). Culminating Projects in TESL. 4.