Out of the Mouths of Slaves: African American Language and Educational Malpractice


John Baugh, an authority on African American English, dissects and challenges many of the prevailing myths about African American language and its place in American society.
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John Baugh, an authority on African American English, dissects and challenges many of the prevailing myths about African American language and its place in American society.
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Guy Bailey
If this book is anywhere near as successful as Baugh's Black Street Speech (which is probably the most widely used text on African American Vernacular English), it will not only be a contribution to the field of sociolinguistics, but a popular success as well.
-- Guy Bailey, coeditor of The Emergence of Black English: Text and Commentary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292708723
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Orientation
1 Some Common Misconceptions about African American Vernacular English 3
2 Language and Race: Some Implications of Bias for Linguistic Science 7
Pt. 2 The Relevance of African American Vernacular English to Education and Social Policies
3 Why What Works Has Not Worked for Nontraditional Students 15
4 Reading, Writing, and Rap: Lyric Shuffle and Other Motivational Strategies to Introduce and Reinforce Literacy 31
5 Educational Malpractice and the Ebonics Controversy 41
6 Linguistic Discrimination and American Justice 67
Pt. 3 Cross-cultural Communication in Social Context
7 The Politics of Black Power Handshakes 79
8 Changing Terms of Self-reference among American Slave Descendants 86
Pt. 4 Linguistic Dimensions of African American Vernacular English
9 Steady: Progressive Aspect in African American Vernacular English 101
10 Come Again: Discourse Functions in African American Vernacular English 111
11 Hypocorrection: Mistakes in the Production of African American Vernacular English as a Second Dialect 123
12 Linguistic Perceptions in Black and White: Racial Identification Based on Speech 135
Pt. 5 Conclusion
13 Research Trends for African American Vernacular English: Anthropology, Education, and Linguistics 151
Notes 163
Glossary 167
References 169
Index 181
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