Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture

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Overview

African American language is central to the teaching of linguistics and language in the United States, and this book, in the series Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language, is aimed specifically at upper level undergraduates and graduates. It covers the entire field - grammar, speech, and verbal genres, and it also discusses the various historical strands that need to be identified in order to understand the development of African American English. The first section deals with the social and cultural history of the American South, the second with urban and northern black popular culture, and the third with policy issues. Morgan examines the language within the context of the changing and complex African American and general American speech communities, and their culture, politics, art and institutions. She also covers the current heated political and educational debates about the status of the African American dialect.

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Morgan (Afro-American studies, Harvard U.; anthropology, UCLA) explores African American language, and verbal style and discourse in African American culture and in American culture in general. Coverage includes the role of local knowledge and history in the urban speech community; African American interaction and verbal style; the symbolic and practical functions of African American English and General English; African American women's speech; the language ideology and practices of urban youth affiliated with hip hop music; and African American English and educational policies. For upper-level undergraduate and graduate students. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Marcyliena Morgan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has focused on language, culture and identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction, and she is the editor of Language and the Social Construction of Identity in Creole Situations.
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Table of Contents

List of maps, figures and tables; Acknowledgments; Notes on the transcriptions; Introduction; 1. The African American speech community: culture, language ideology and social face; 2. Forms of speech: verbal styles, discourse and interaction; 3. Language norms and practices; 4. When women speak: how and why we enter; 5. Urban youth language: black by popular demand; 6. Language, discourse and power: outing schools; Notes; References; Index.
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