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

Publisher: [s.l.] : Bellevue Literary Press, 2017
Edition/Format:   Print book
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"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."--Page [4] of cover.
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Document Type: Book
ISBN: 9781942658207 1942658206
OCLC Number: 971332625
Description: S.
Contents: It's complicated --
What do you mean "sounds Black"? --
But they can't talk that way at a job interview! --
Speaking Black or speaking minstrel? --
Through a lens darkly?.
Responsibility: McWhorter, Professor of Linguistics John.

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Praise for Talking Back, Talking Black "Talking Back, Talking Black is [McWhorter's] case for the acceptance of black English as a legitimate American dialect... He ably and enthusiastically breaks Read more...

 
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