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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I will highly recommend it to of those looking to further analyze its origins and the richness it provides to the American culture. As a language scholar-activist, Dr. Helped me understand the roots of Black English. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Awesome book. In addition to defining Black English, by its distinctive structure and special lexicon, Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is set apart from traditional English by a rhetorical style which reflects its African origins.

Please try your request again gdneva. The Language of Black America Jul 01, Jul 08, Kevin Risner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amidst voluminous works on Black speech by Whites during the s and ’70s, her first book, the classic, award-winning Talkin and Testifyin: Rafael Suleiman rated it liked it Aug 14, References to this book Fighting Words: Selected pages Title Page.


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She celebrates the beauty of Black Language and dedicates her work to reaffirming that beauty. The first five chapters explore Black English itself, not only grammar and pronunciation but also discourse patterns and aspects of the oral tradition. She received her Ph. Open Preview See a Problem? Usually ships within 1 to 3 months. Aug 10, Brandi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Smitherman continued her education, earning a B. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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

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. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Documenting her insights with quotes from notable Black historical, literary and popular figures, Smitherman makes clear that Black English is as legitimate a form of speech as British, American, or Australian English. Language and African Gsneva Apr 18, I actually got the chance smitherrman read this for a course I took on Black poetry last fall and recently finished reading the chapters that weren’t required for the course.


Her first journal publication remixed an excerpt from Don L. In January ofDr.

Smitherman has been active in advocating for African American children’s education. Smitherman started her education smitheman a one-room schoolhouse. Jeffery Robinson, was taught and mentored by Dr. The Language of Black America.

Geneva Smitherman

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Smitherman also tackles the issue of Black and White attitudes toward Black English, particularly as they affect educational policy. G’s research and publications focus on African American Language and language rights for disenfranchised communities in the U.

Samy Alim, Associate Professor at Stanford University, whom she mentored as an undergraduate and graduate student dating back to Squire Award, for her “transforming influence” and “lasting intellectual contribution” to the field of English Studies.