Word from the Mother
Language and African Americans
By (author) Geneva Smitherman
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Word from the Mother by Geneva Smitherman
Book DescriptionWritten by the hugely respected linguist, Geneva Smitherman, this book presents a definitive statement on African American English. Enriched by her evocative and inimitable prose style, the study presents an overview of past debates on the speech of African Americans, as well as providing a vision for the future. Featuring cartoons which demonstrate the relationship between language and race, as well as common perceptions of African American Language, she explores its contribution to mainstream American English and includes a summary of expressions as a suggested linguistic core of AAL. As global manifestations of Black Language increase, she argues that, through education, we must broaden our conception of AAL and its speakers, and further examine the implications of gender, age and class on AAL. Perhaps most of all we must appreciate the 'artistic and linguistic genius' of AAL, presented in this book through rap and Hip Hop lyrics and the explorations of rhyme and rhetoric in the Black speech community. Word from the Mother is an essential read for students of African American English, language, culture and sociolinguistics, as well as the general reader interested in the worldwide 'crossover' of black popular culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415358767
(234mm x 156mm x 11mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geneva Smitherman
Articulate While Black, Hardback (October 2012)
In Articulate While Black, two renowned scholars of Black Language address language and racial politics in the U.S. through an insightful examination of President Barack Obama's language use-and America's response to it.
Educating African American Males, Paperback (June 2006)
A handbook on how to establish an African-centred curriculum, it gives brief case histories and descriptions of successful programs throughout the country. There are case studies and testimonials of young Black men that serve as a guide for youth.
Black Linguistics, Paperback (December 2002)View all books by Geneva Smitherman
Written by black scholars on behalf of, and in collaboration with local communities, this text looks at the commonalities and differences among black speech communities in Africa and the black diaspora.
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Author Biography - Geneva Smitherman
Geneva Smitherman is University Distinguished Professor of English at Michigan State University. A linguist and educational activist, she has been at the forefront of the struggle for language rights for over 25 years. She is the author of several books, among them, Talkin and Testifyin (1977), Black Talk (2000), and Talkin That Talk (2000).
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