Out Of The Mouths Of Slaves / Edition 1

Out Of The Mouths Of Slaves / Edition 1

by John Baugh
     
 

ISBN-10: 0292708734

ISBN-13: 9780292708730

Pub. Date: 01/01/1999

Publisher: University of Texas Press

When the Oakland, California, school board called African American English "Ebonics" and claimed that it "is not a black dialect or any dialect of English," they reignited a debate over language, race, and culture that reaches back to the era of slavery in the United States. In this book, John Baugh, an authority on African American English, sets new parameters

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When the Oakland, California, school board called African American English "Ebonics" and claimed that it "is not a black dialect or any dialect of English," they reignited a debate over language, race, and culture that reaches back to the era of slavery in the United States. In this book, John Baugh, an authority on African American English, sets new parameters for the debate by dissecting and challenging many of the prevailing myths about African American language and its place in American society.

Baugh's inquiry ranges from the origins of African American English among slaves and their descendants to its recent adoption by standard English speakers of various races. Some of the topics he considers include practices and malpractices for educating language minority students, linguistic discrimination in the administration of justice, cross-cultural communication between Blacks and whites, and specific linguistic aspects of African American English. This detailed overview of the main points of debate about African American language will be important reading for both scholars and the concerned public.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780292708730
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by William Labov
Preface
Acknowledgments
Part 1. Orientation
1. Some Common Misconceptions about African American Vernacular English
2. Language and Race: Some Implications of Bias for Linguistic Science
Part 2. The Relevance of African American Vernacular English to Education and Social Policies
3. Why What Works Has Not Worked for Nontraditional Students
4. Reading, Writing, and Rap: Lyric Shuffle and Other Motivational Strategies to Introduce and Reinforce Literacy
5. Educational Malpractice and the Ebonics Controversy
6. Linguistic Discrimination and American justice
Part 3. Cross-cultural Communication in Social Context
7. The Politics of Black Power Handshakes
8. Changing Terms of Self-reference among American Slave Descendants
Part 4. Linguistic Dimensions of African American Vernacular English
9. Steady: Progressive Aspect in African American Vernacular English
10. Come Again: Discourse Functions in African American Vernacular English
11. Hypocorrection: Mistakes in the Production of African American Vernacular English as a Second Dialect
12. Linguistic Perceptions in Black and White: Racial Identification Based on Speech
Part 5. Conclusion
13. Research Trends for African American Vernacular English: Anthropology, Education, and Linguistics
Notes
Glossary
References
Index

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