Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice

Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice

by John Baugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195120469

ISBN-13: 9780195120462

Pub. Date: 02/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The decision by the Oakland, California school board to declare "Ebonics" the official language of their African American students unleashed a firestorm of controversy with overtly racial overtones. While the vast majority of linguists were caught off guard by these events, equivocating over technical distinctions between a language and a dialect, journalists,…  See more details below

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The decision by the Oakland, California school board to declare "Ebonics" the official language of their African American students unleashed a firestorm of controversy with overtly racial overtones. While the vast majority of linguists were caught off guard by these events, equivocating over technical distinctions between a language and a dialect, journalists, legislators, and the public demanded to know more about Ebonics and the controversial claims being asserted by its proponents. In Beyond Ebonics, John Baugh sifts through the volatile circumstances and evidence that triggered this debate and provides detailed comparisons of the notorious resolutions that brought it to global attention. This highly accessible book avoids technical linguistic jargon as it traces Ebonics from its obscure origin through its eventual public demise, considering a host of legal, educational, and theoretical issues that still linger today. Baugh's investigation exposes flaws in competing definitions of Ebonics, as well as racial tensions that flared throughout the controversy. This thorough depiction of Ebonics dispels linguistic myths with previously untold facts that will be of considerable interest to linguists, educators, scholars, and legislators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195120462
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1550L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice1
2Ebonic Genesis15
3A Contentious Global Debut25
4Oakland's Ebonics Resolutions37
5Legislative Lament49
6Legal Implications63
7Disparate Theoretical Foundations73
8Racist Reactions and Ebonics Satire87
9Beyond Ebonics: Striving toward Enhanced Linguistic Tolerance101
Appendixes
A.Linguistic Society of America Resolution on the Oakland "Ebonics" Issue117
B.Texas 75th Legislature, Regular Session: House Resolution 28119
C.California 1997-98 Regular Session: Senate Bill 205121
References133
Index139

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