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Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca

Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca

It has now been almost fifty years since linguistic experts began studying Black English as a legitimate speech variety, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degradation of it. Yet false assumptions and controversies still swirl around what it means to speak and sound “black.” In his first book devoted solely to the form, structure, and development of Black English, John McWhorter clearly explains its fundamentals and rich history, while carefully examining the cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect.

Titulo:Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca
Idioma de edición:English
ISBN:9781942658207
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  • Petra-X

    This book has just one aim: to get Americans, white Americans, to recognise that Black English is a variety of English with its own accent and grammar and is in no way less a 'real' language than any ...

  • Catfish

    I first fell in love with John McWhorter through his Great Courses series. I listened to the audio as I weeded gardens, etc. It blew me away that there are 6000+ languages on Earth and that a relative...

  • William Adams

    Is Ebonics a language? It was popularized as a distinct language spoken by some American African-Americans in the 1980’s and 90’s, yet another note in the culture symphony. It’s interesting, and...

  • Steve

    Short book about Black English, its complex rules, its history, how it varies from standard English, and why it's just as "good" as standard English. Nearly all speakers of Black English know it isn't...

  • Radiantflux

    19th book for 2020.A fascinating short book by the linguist John McWorther, making the public case—amongst linguists there is no case to be made—for why American Black English should be regarded a...

  • Stven

    McWhorter spends about 85% of his words on complaining and arguing about the way Black English has been treated by the popular news and entertainment media. If instead he had spent 85% of his words ta...

  • Ally

    In this fascinating book, linguist John McWhorter presents a compelling argument - that the spoken language of the majority of black Americans is not a broken or error-filled English, but is a separat...

  • Angela Forfia

    A near perfect collection of linguistics essays about Black English Vernacular. Whether he's talking about the origins of English or the use of texted "lol" as an empathy marker, John McWhorter is alw...

  • Yofish

    Really more like 3.5 starts.It’s well-written, but really short. And despite being so short, it feels slightly padded. Maybe it’s best to think of it as a series of essays more than a book. His ma...

  • Timothy J Carrier

    Linguistics for the people!I really enjoyed this book, and I hate linguistics. it opened my eyes to a way of speech and communication that I did find odd. McWhorter does a great job explaining languag...

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