A Language Planning Approach to African American Language

  • Charles DeBose


In this chapter I present a general overview of the language planning enterprise, with the ultimate goal of highlighting aspects of Black English scholarship that quality as language planning. The definition of language planning cited above, from my 1979 paper, builds upon the preliminary definition given in the introduction, i.e., “language change that occurs as a consequence of conscious and deliberate decisionmaking.” The explicit reference it makes to the linguistic repertoire of a speech community enhances the basic point that it involves planned change, by specifying at the same time the descriptive parameters for the collection and analysis of data, and relating it to a theoretical construct in which all of the relevant real-world variables of power, status, stigma and authority coexist with the words, morphemes and other structural elements of the internal structure of affected languages.


Policy Option Status Planning Language Planning Corpus Planning Literacy Project 
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© Charles E. DeBose 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles DeBose
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  1. 1.California State UniversityUSA

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