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Spoken Soul : The Story of Black English

Spoken Soul : The Story of Black English - 00 edition

Spoken Soul : The Story of Black English - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780471437222

ISBN10: 0471437220

Spoken Soul : The Story of Black English by John Russell Rickford and Russell John Rickford - ISBN 9780471437222
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published:
International: No
Spoken Soul : The Story of Black English by John Russell Rickford and Russell John Rickford - ISBN 9780471437222

ISBN13: 9780471437222

ISBN10: 0471437220

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Summary

Claude Brown called Black English ''Spoken Soul.'' Toni Morrison said, ''It s a love, a passion. Its function is like a preacher s: to make you stand out of your seat, make you lose yourself and hear yourself. The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language.''
Now renowned linguist John R. Rickford and journalist Russell J. Rickford provide the definitive guide to African American vernacular English from its origins and features to its powerful fascination for society at large.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

What's Going On?
''THIS PASSION, THIS SKILL, THIS INCREDIBLE MUSIC''.
Writers.
Preachers and Pray-ers.
Comedians and Actors.
Singers, Toasters, and Rappers.
THE LIVING LANGUAGE.
Vocabulary and Pronunciation.
Grammar.
History.
THE EBONICS FIRESTORM.
Education.
The Media.
Ebonics ''Humor''.
THE DOUBLE SELF.
The Crucible of Identity.
Notes.
Index.
Permissions.