Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English
In Praise of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English
"Spoken Soul brilliantly fills a huge gap. . . . a delightfully readable introduction to the elegant interweave between the language and its culture."
"A lively, well-documented history of Black English . . . that will enlighten and inform not only educators, for whom it should be required reading, but all who value and question language."
"Spoken Soul is a must read for anyone who is interested in the connection between language and identity."
Claude Brown called Black English "Spoken Soul." Toni Morrison said, "It's a love, a passion. Its function is like a preacher’s: to make you stand out of your seat, make you lose yourself and hear yourself. The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language."
Now renowned linguist John R. Rickford and journalist Russell J. Rickford provide the definitive guide to African American vernacular English–from its origins and features to its powerful fascination for society at large.
What people are saying - Write a review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thewalkinggirl - LibraryThing
Part 1 introduces the purpose of the book. Part 2 discusses the artistic and cultural history of African American vernacular English (AAVE). Part 3 discusses the vocabulary, phonetics and grammar of ... Read full review
SPOKEN SOUL: The Story of Black EnglishUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A lively, well-documented history of Black English with particular focus on the recent Ebonics controversy. John Russell Rickford (Linguistics/Stanford Univ.) and Russell John Rickford, a Philadelphia ... Read full review
Preachers and Prayers
Comedians and Actors
9 other sections not shown