Racial identity matters: EEG correlates reflect syntactic expectation based on both speaker identity and language variety in American Englishes

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Through EEG, we aim to see whether speakers of Standardized American English (SdAE) have grammatical knowledge of African American Language (AAL). Listeners heard auxiliary present, absent, and ungrammatical sentences (e.g. “My brother, he’s/he/he’ll working”), in SdAE and AAL. Stimuli came from a bidialectal Black speaker of both varieties. Initial results show a P600 only to “‘ll” for AAL; no P6...


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