- Summer Dialect Research Project (SDRP)
- Summer Dialect Teacher Project (SDTP)
- In-Service Workshops
- Undergraduate and Graduate Opportunity
The research on African American language to be carried out in the context of the Center contributes to the scientific understanding of the structure of African American English (AAE) and differences and similarities between AAE and other varieties of English. The research also addresses issues related to early language contact situations between Africans in America and speakers of English and other settler languages that may have had some influence on the development of AAE. Given the plantation system in early America, topics related to the study of properties in Creoles and African languages that may also be reflected in AAE are also in the scope of Center research. The Center also promotes interdisciplinary research on African American language in a broad range of contexts, such as language and culture and the use of language in literature and the media. Center conferences, topical workshops, and colloquia bring together scholars who conduct research in these areas.