Geneva Smitherman of Michigan State University, MI (MSU) with expertise in: Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. Read 50 publications, and contact Geneva. 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. Thirty years after its publication, Geneva Smitherman’s seminal work, Talkin and Smitherman’s work by first providing an overview of the sociolinguistic.

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Katie rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Phil Alban rated it liked it Mar 01, Views Read Edit View history. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. I have to say, Smitherman definitely did her research on this book. Great examples, awesome organization of material and highly informative reading.

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Oct 27, Leigh rated it it was ok. Jun 11, sologdin rated it liked it Shelves: This was a great book that made me think about differences in language that I have never thought of before. I will highly recommend it to of those looking to further analyze its origins and the richness it provides to the American culture.

Smitherman also tackles the issue of Black and White attitudes toward Black English, particularly as they affect educational policy. This is particularly true for older Caucasians msitherman to younger African Americans talking.

Stylistically it’s set up weird, which causes some of the chapters much-much longer than they need to be. Nicole rated it really liked it Dec 03, Common terms and phrases African language African world view Afro-American ain’t American English Aretha Franklin baby Black American black community black cultural Black Dialect Black English Black English speakers black language Black Semantics black speech black students bout call-response concept congregation context cool correct Black English Creole dude eagle educational example expression Frankie Crocker gittin glish Gullah hair Haki Madhubuti Jesse Jackson Joyce Langston Hughes linguistic listen look Lord Malcolm X Mandingo meaning momma Negro nigger nigguh ovuh patterns person Pidgin poem preacher rapper refer rhyme secular sentence sermon Shine simply singing slaves social song soul sound speak spirit statement story structure style talk talk-singing teachers tell term thang thing tion Toasts tonal semantics Toussan traditional black church verb verbal White America White English white folks words y’all Yeah yo momma.


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Brett Griffiths rated it really liked it Feb 21, Low to High Price: Smitherman has been active in advocating for African American children’s education. Now I understand why they weren’t required. G earned a B. No trivia or quizzes yet. She celebrates the beauty of Black Language and dedicates her work to reaffirming that beauty. Amidst voluminous works on Black speech by Whites during the s and ’70s, her first book, the classic, award-winning Talkin and Testifyin: G became a member of the first group of faculty in Harvard University’s “Afro-American Studies” as the Department was known in those days which had been born out of the struggles and sacrifices of Harvard’s Black students.

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Other editions – View all Talkin and testifyin: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Early on, in her work in the academic vineyards of Black Studies, students dubbed her “Dr.


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

Smitherman started her education in a one-room schoolhouse. G’s research and publications focus on African American Language and language rights for disenfranchised communities in the U.

Lists with This Book. Helped me understand the roots of Black English. In addition to defining Black English, by its distinctive structure and special lexicon, Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is Mar 16, Suzey Ingold rated it it was amazing. Caroline rated it it was amazing Oct 28, User Review – Flag as inappropriate Awesome book.

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