The Words Unspoken: The Hidden Power of Language

The Words Unspoken: The Hidden Power of Language

by Debra C. Smith
     
 

While the "Kings English" has typically been the language of power, popular culture has given way to new forms of power in language. In modern times, fashion designers, liquor labels, and the like prosper from the exposure they receive within the lyrics of rap music. The Words Unspoken: The Hidden Power of Language examines the verbal communication of television and… See more details below

Overview

While the "Kings English" has typically been the language of power, popular culture has given way to new forms of power in language. In modern times, fashion designers, liquor labels, and the like prosper from the exposure they receive within the lyrics of rap music. The Words Unspoken: The Hidden Power of Language examines the verbal communication of television and the language of hip hop culture to demonstrate how "formal" language is now rivaled by other forms as a means of power. The book further evaluates the possibilities of the "language of education" yielding to other forms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594601743
Publisher:
Carolina Academic Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
142
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Language in Story 3

Cathy Carraway 52

Virginia Carraway 54

Becca Carraway 55

Belle Williams 55

Gerald Williams 57

Ch. 2 Language in Television 63

Good Times (1974-1979) 64

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990-1996) 68

Ch. 3 Language in Hip-Hop 75

The Secret Language of Jay-Z's 99 Problems and Kanye West's Jesus Walks 77

Ch. 4 Language in Society 95

Appendix A Survey 96

Ch. 5 Language Possibilities in the Classroom 103

Teaching Slang, Hip-Hop and Idioms in the Classroom 109

Appendix C Adapted from the Diversity Kit Education Alliance, Brown University 112

Bibliography 117

Index 123

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