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

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


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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. Talking Back, Talking Black takes us on a fascinating tour of a nuanced and complex language that has moved beyond America's borders to become a dynamic force for today's youth culture around the world.
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. A New York Times best-selling author and TED speaker, he is a columnist for Time and regular contributor to the AtlanticWall Street Journal, and Washington Post. His books on language include The Power of BabelOur Magnificent Bastard TongueWhat Language IsThe Language Hoax, and Words on the Move

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Weight: 0.6lbs
Dimensions:  0.7" H x 7.6" L x 4.8" W
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 1942658206
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Author: John H. McWhorter
Pages: 192
Publication date: January 10, 2017

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