Talkin that Talk: Language, Culture and Education in African America / Edition 1

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Geneva Smitherman, a native speaker of African American Language and a leading scholar, here presents her take on Ebonics and related issues.. "The essays and interlinking commentaries guide the reader through the current Ebonics controversy which is also linked to past issues about the language, culture and education of people of African descent in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415208659
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Geneva Smitherman is an established writer and key commentator on African American language and culture. She has forged a writing style which combines academic discourse and African American English which has become widely celebrated for efficacy in making the medium the message. Her previous publications include Talkin and Testifyin and Black Talk and she is a contributor to African American English

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: From Ghetto Lady to Critical Linguist 1
Pt. 1 Ebonics, Language Theory, and Research
1 Introduction to Ebonics 19
2 From African to African American 41
3 White English in Blackface, Or, Who Do I Be? 57
4 Discriminatory Discourse on African American Speech 67
5 "A New Way of Talkin'": Language, Social Change, and Political Theory 93
6 Review of Noam Chomsky's Language and Responsibility 109
Pt. 2 Language and the Education of African Americans
7 English Teacher, Why You Be Doing the Thangs You Don't Do? 123
8 "What Go Round Come Round": King in Perspective 132
9 Ebonics, King, and Oakland: Some Folk Don't Believe Fat Meat is Greasy 150
10 African American Student Writers in the NAEP, 1969-88/89 and "The Blacker the Berry, the Sweeter the Juice" 163
Pt. 3 Language and Culture
11 "How I Got Ovuh": African World View and African American Oral Tradition 199
12 "If I'm Lyin, I'm Flyin": The Game of Insult in Black Language 223
13 "Makin a Way Outa No Way": The Proverb Tradition in the Black Experience 231
14 Testifyin, Sermonizin, and Signifyin: Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the African American Verbal Tradition 251
15 "The Chain Remain the Same": Communicative Practices in the Hip Hop Nation 268
Pt. 4 Language Policy, Politics, and Power
16 African Americans and "English Only" 291
17 The "Mis-Education of the Negro" - and You Too 306
18 Language and Democracy in the USA and the RSA 314
19 Review of Multilingual Education for South Africa 334
Pt. 5 Columns
20 Soul 'N Style 343
21 Black English: So Good It's "Bad" 365
22 "Still I Rise": Education Against the Odds in Cuba 368
Pt. 6 The Struggle Continues
23 CCCC and the "Students' Right To Their Own Language" 375
Notes 400
References 411
Published by the author 430
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