Word from the Mother Language and African Americans

ISBN-10: 0415358760

ISBN-13: 9780415358767

Edition: 2006

Authors: Geneva Smitherman

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Word from the Mother presents a definitive statement on African American English from the hugely respected linguist, Geneva Smitherman; her message is clear: black American speech enriches, rather than undermines, general American English. Written with flashes of African American language throughout, the work gives an overview of past debates on the speech of African Americans, and provides a vision for the future. Demonstrating the stark contrast between the perceptions of the language from those outside the community, with the views of African Americans, the author explores the relationship between language and race, and the reflection of gender in language practices. From her discussion on rhyme and rhetoric in the black speech community, to the summary of African American idioms and expressions, Geneva Smitherman argues that 'bilingualism' is necessary for all Americans if they are to take their place in the global village. Including cartoons, poetry
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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/19/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

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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