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Title: Word from the Mother
Subtitle: Language and African Americans
Written By: Geneva Smitherman
Description:

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 and hip hop lyrics which humorously illustrate
her argument, Word from the Mother is a an essential read for students of
African American English, language and culture and sociolinguistics, as
well as the general reader interested in the worldwide adoption of black
popular culture.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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ISBN: 0415358752
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Pages: 192
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