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Anglicist Hypothesis

  • Definition: The contention that African American English is derived historically from dialects transplanted to America from the British Isles. The Neo-Anglicist hypothesis also holds that African Americans derived their basic language from British dialects, but contends that it has since diverged considerably from European American varieties.

    Source: American English, second edition by Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes

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