Representative Publications

Di Paolo, Marianna and Arthur K. Spears, eds. 2014. Languages and Dialects in the U.S.: Focus on Diversity and Linguistics. New York: Routledge

Spears, Arthur K. 2014. African American English. In Languages and Dialects in the U.S.: Focus on Diversity and Linguistics, ed. by Di Paolo and Spears, 101-114.

Spears, Arthur K., ed. 2010. Language, Inequality, and Endangerment: African Americans and Native Americans. Special Issue of Transforming Anthropology 18.1

Spears, Arthur K., and Carole M. Berotte Joseph, eds. 2010. The Haitian Creole Language: History, Structure, Use, and Education. Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield.

Spears, Arthur K. 2010. Introduction: The Haitian Creole Language. In The Haitian Creole Language,
ed. by Spears and Joseph, 1-20.

Spears, Arthur K., ed. 2010. Black Language in the English-Speaking Caribbean and the United States: History, Structure, Use, and Education. Lexington/Rowman & Littlefield.

Spears, Arthur K. (with Leanne Hinton). 2010. Language and Speakers: An Introduction to African American English and Native American Languages. In Language, Inequality, and Endangerment: African Americans and Native Americans, guest ed. Arthur K. Spears. Special Issue of Transforming Anthropology 18.1:3-14.

Spears, Arthur K. 2009. On Shallow Grammar: African American English and the Critique of Exceptionalism. In The Languages of Africa and the Diaspora: Educating for Language Awareness, ed. by Jo Anne Kleifgen and George C. Bond, 231-248. Bristol, UK: Multilingual Matters.

Spears, Arthur K. 2008. Pidgins/Creoles and African-American English. The Handbook of Pidgins and Creoles, ed. by Silvia Kouwenberg and John Victor Singler, 512-542. Blackwell Publishers.

Spears, Arthur K. 2009. Theorizing African American Women’s Language: GIRL as a Discourse Marker. In African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education and Identity, ed. by Sonja L. Lanehart, 76-90. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Spears, Arthur K. 2009. Writing Truth to Power: Racism as Statecraft. In Anthropology off the Shelf, ed. by Maria Vesperi and Alisse Waterston, 93-100. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Spears, Arthur K. 2007. African American Communicative Practices: Performativity, Semantic License and Augmentation. In Talkin Black Talk, ed. by H. Samy Alim and John Baugh, 100-111. New York: Teachers College Press. 2007

Spears, Arthur K. 2007. Bare Nouns in African American English (AAE). In Noun Phrases in Creole Languages, ed. by Marlyse Baptista and Jacqueline
Guéron, 421-434. Philadelphia/ Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spears, Arthur K. 2006. Perspectives: A View of the “N-Word” from Sociolinguistics. Diverse Issues in Higher Education – Online. July 13.

Spears, Arthur K. 2004. Los Sustantivos sin determinantes en el palenquero y en el inglés afroestadounidense. Actas del III Encuentro de ACBLPE [Asociación de Criollos de Base Léxica Portuguesa y Española], ed. by Mauro Fernández, Manuel Fernádez-Ferreiro, and Nancy Vázquez Veiga, 227-235. Frankfurt am Main & Madrid: Verveurt Verlag.

Makoni, Sinfree, Geneva Smitherman, Arnetha F. Ball, and Arthur K. Spears, eds. 2003. Black Linguistics: Language, Society and Politics in Africa and the Americas. New York: Routledge.

Spears, Arthur K. 2001. Directness in the Use of African-American English. Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African-American English, ed. by Sonja L. Lanehart, 239-259. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Spears, Arthur K. 2001. Ebonics and African-American English. Ebonics and Language Education of African Ancestry Students, ed. by Clinton Crawford, 235-247. New York: Sankofa World Publishers.

Spears, Arthur K., ed. 1999. Race and Ideology: Language, Symbolism, and Popular Culture. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

Spears, Arthur K. 1998. African-American Language Use: Ideology and So-Called Obscenity. African American English: Structure, History, and Usage, ed. by Salikoko S. Mufwene, John R. Rickford, Guy Bailey, and John Baugh, 226-250. New York: Routledge.

Spears, Arthur K., and Donald Winford, eds. 1997. The Structure and Status of Pidgins and Creoles. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins Inc.

Spears, Arthur K. 1993. Foregrounding and Backgrounding in Haitian Creole Discourse. In Focus and Grammatical Relations in Creole Languages, ed. by Francis Byrne and Donald Winford, 249‑265. Philadelphia & Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Spears, Arthur K. 1993. Stem and So‑Called “Anterior” Verb Forms in Haitian Creole. Atlantic Meets Pacific:A Global View of Pidginization and Creolization, ed. by Francis Byrne and John Holm, 261‑275. Amsterdam:John Benjamins.

Spears, Arthur K. 1982. The Black English Semi‑Auxiliary Come. Language 58.4:850‑72. Reprinted in Readings in African American Language: Aspects, Features, and Perspectives, pp. 173-201, ed. by Nathaniel Norment. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.