My partner and I wrote this research paper for a linguistics class called Structure of English in Fall 2011. We were required to find an intriguing linguistic topic, gather current research, collect data related to the topic, and analyze the data to form a conclusion about the linguistic area. We chose to study the history of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in American literature, and we were both excited for the chance to connect linguistics and literature since we were both English majors. We spent time collecting and analyzing data from six pieces of American literature, but we found ourselves with an excessive amount of information, which we could not fit into a 12-page paper. So this assignment not only taught me how to research, perform a study, and then turn the study into a written analysis, but I also learned how to collaborate on a large paper with others. We were forced to compromise, decide which parts needed condensed or cut (even if it was a section that we personally wrote), and combine our writing so the paper flowed with one voice. Our paper ended up exceeding the required page limit, but we, along with our professor, were proud of our end result. In the future, we would probably narrow down our topic, but for this application assignment, we produced a thorough examination of an interesting linguistic topic.