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7 In this study the term "Black English" is therefore considered to be more appropriate than "vernacular". ). This designation has been adopted from Schneider, who prefers it to "Early Black English" coined by Brewer (and used by some scholars as a synonym of "Plantation Creole", for example by Birmingham 1980: 337) because the speech variety under study is "not an early one in an absolute sense but - more importantly representative of a stage in the development of Black English prior to the present one" (Schneider 1989: 53).

In the introduction to the first volume, Hyatt states that an expert transcriber (Mrs. R. M. Hayes) needed more than IV2 years to transcribe what was recorded on the Ediphone and Telediphone cylinders (Hyatt 1970, 1: I). Since this work requires quite some experience and also depends on the recording quality "the later transcriptions are more accurate than the earlier ones" (Hyatt 1978, 5: VIII) and the linguistic reliability of the corpus can be said to have increased in the course of time. In the introduction to volume V, Hyatt (1978, 5: VIII) makes a statement concerning the potential linguistic value of the material: At all times, we attempted to render the speech just as we heard it, without idealizing what was being spoken and how it was being spoken.

E. this process proceeds not only in one direction and may thus have an impact on the linguistic reliability of the data. [In the following rite he begins with the word urine because I had evidently used it in my unrecorded question, but he soon returns to his usual chamber lye. ]. e. whether the informants try to imitate the fte-forms used by Hyatt in his questions and comments. The possible influence of the interviewer's speech is also discussed by other authors. e. his use of &e-forms) influence his informants in their choice of standard or nonstandard forms.

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