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Talkin that talk : language, culture, and education in African America

Author: Geneva Smitherman
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Geneva Smitherman, a native speaker of African American Language and a leading scholar, here presents her take on Ebonics and related issues." "The essays and interlinking commentaries guide the reader through the current Ebonics controversy which is also linked to past issues about the language, culture and education of people of African descent in the United States."--Jacket.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geneva Smitherman
ISBN: 0415208645 9780415208642 0415208653 9780415208659
OCLC Number: 40660105
Description: xvi, 457 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: From Ghetto Lady to Critical Linguist --
Ebonics, Language Theory, and Research --
Introduction to Ebonics --
From African to African American --
White English in Blackface, Or, Who Do I Be? --
Discriminatory Discourse on African American Speech --
"A New Way of Talkin'": Language, Social Change, and Political Theory --
Review of Noam Chomsky's Language and Responsibility --
Language and the Education of African Americans --
English Teacher, Why You Be Doing the Thangs You Don't Do? --
"What Go Round Come Round": King in Perspective --
Ebonics, King, and Oakland: Some Folk Don't Believe Fat Meat is Greasy --
African American Student Writers in the NAEP, 1969-88/89 and "The Blacker the Berry, the Sweeter the Juice" --
Language and Culture --
"How I Got Ovuh": African World View and African American Oral Tradition --
"If I'm Lyin, I'm Flyin": The Game of Insult in Black Language --
"Makin a Way Outa No Way": The Proverb Tradition in the Black Experience --
Testifyin, Sermonizin, and Signifyin: Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the African American Verbal Tradition --
"The Chain Remain the Same": Communicative Practices in the Hip Hop Nation --
Language Policy, Politics, and Power --
African Americans and "English Only" --
The "Mis-Education of the Negro" --
and You Too --
Language and Democracy in the USA and the RSA --
Review of Multilingual Education for South Africa / Heugh et al. --
Columns --
Soul 'N Style --
Black English: So Good It's "Bad" --
"Still I Rise": Education Against the Odds in Cuba --
The Struggle Continues.
Responsibility: Geneva Smitherman.


A highly readable collection of key articles and essays by a leading scholar on African-American language and politics. Smitherman discusses the inter-relationship between African-American language,  Read more...
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