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Talkin and Testifyin : The Language of Black America (Revised)
by Geneva Smitherman


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In her book, Geneva Smitherman makes a substantial contribution to an understanding of Black English by setting it in the larger context of Black culture and life style. In addition to defining Black English, by its distinctive structure and special lexicon, Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is set apart from traditional English by a rhetorical style which reflects its African origins.  Read more...


 
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Overview

In her book, Geneva Smitherman makes a substantial contribution to an understanding of Black English by setting it in the larger context of Black culture and life style. In addition to defining Black English, by its distinctive structure and special lexicon, Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is set apart from traditional English by a rhetorical style which reflects its African origins. Smitherman also tackles the issue of Black and White attitudes toward Black English, particularly as they affect educational policy.

Documenting her insights with quotes from notable Black historical, literary and popular figures, Smitherman makes clear that Black English is as legitimate a form of speech as British, American, or Australian English.



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  • ISBN-13: 9780814318058
  • ISBN-10: 0814318053
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • Publish Date: January 1986
  • Page Count: 298
  • Dimensions: 8.53 x 5.42 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.93 pounds

Series: Waynebook #50

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