Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner

Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner

by Geneva Smitherman

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Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner by Geneva Smitherman

"Even if you think you're hip, you'd better look up kitchen, got her nose open, jump salty, and hundreds of other sayings, former or current, that testify to the linguistic originality of Black speakers," said Frederic G. Cassidy, chief editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English. With more than three hundred new words and phrases, and many other revisions and updatings throughout, this new edition of Black Talk reflects the ever-changing meanings and uses of this vital and rich part of our language. The author's approach is always informative, and always entertaining: "Geneva Smitherman is an internationally recognized scholar who, thank you Jesus, remains at heart a homegirl. She has expanded the knowledge and appreciation of the African American experience." To quote Henry Louis Gates, Jr.: "Embedded here is the hidden history of a people and their resonant culture."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780395674109
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/25/1994
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.89(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author


Geneva Smitherman is University Distinguished Professor of English and Director of the African American Language and Literacy Program at Michigan State University. The author of BLACK TALK: WORDS AND PHRASES FROM THE HOOD TO THE AMEN CORNER and TALKIN THAT TALK: LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND EDUCATION IN AFRICAN AMERICA and the editor of AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN SPEAK OUT ON ANITA HILL-CLARENCE THOMAS, she also directs the My Brother's Keeper Program in Detroit.

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