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H may not be persuasive text on understanding the beauty and richness of the Seminal text on understanding the and richness of the of African Americans this was another book I leaned eavily on for my Senior Thesis Just reread it a couple of months ago Read as part of my research for my undergraduate dissertation Many people listen to African Americans talk and they claim to not understand what they are saying This is particularly true for older Caucasians listening to younger African Americans talkingHowever Talkin and Testifyin breaks the language patterns down and traces the The Shaping of Western Civilization history of why some people talk differently from usGreat examples awesome organization of material andighly informative reading I guess I should add a few things I m reading for my thesis Note to self do thesis research this summer. my thesis Note to self do thesis research this summer. As they affect educational policy Documenting er insights with uotes from notable Black istorical literary and popular figures Smitherman makes clear that Black English is as legitimate a form of speech as British American or Australian Engli. ,


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Talkin and Testifyin The Language of Black America Waynebook 51A classic that s certainly still worth the read The first five chapters explore Black English itself not only grammar and pronunciation but also discourse #and aspects of the oral tradition The final two chapters explored the ideology around standard #aspects of the oral tradition The final two chapters explored the ideology around standard English within education Though written 35 years ago the recommendations for our schools and our society are still relevant and badly needed today Interesting and easy to read I actually got the chance to read this for a course I took on Black poetry last fall and recently finished reading the chapters that weren t reuired for the course Now I understand why they weren t reuired Stylistically it s set up weird which causes some of the chapters much much longer than they need to be There are grammatical err. In er 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 style In addition To Defining Black English By Its Distinctive Structure And Speci. defining Black English by its distinctive structure and speci.

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Ors that I just could not get over but I Smitherman Shunned has a way with words that keep you interested and entertained while readingShe does state some things that are opinion sided but I find that a lot with many of these types of books Iave to say Smitherman definitely did er research on this book That being said it s a great reference book but other than that it leaves much to be desired But overall she does give a wonderful insight on syntax rhetoric and style So far the only interesting thing
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ve read semester Grad school FTF This was a great book that made me think about differences in language that I ave never thought of before very cool in contesting implicitly the existence of a standard English perhaps sets up rival antithetical standard black englishes whic. Al lexicon Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is set apart from traditional English by a the Black dialect is set apart from traditional English by a style which reflects its African origins Smitherman also tackles the issue of Black and White attitudes toward Black English particularly.

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