Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English (Paperback)

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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." -Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown university

"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." --Kirkus Reviews

"Spoken Soul is a must read for anyone who is interested in the connection between language and identity." --Chicago Defender

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.

About the Author

JOHN R. RICKFORD is the Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto, California.RUSSELL J. RICKFORD, a former reporter for the "Philadelphia Inquirer," lives in Philadelphia.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780471399575
ISBN-10: 0471399574
Publisher: Trade Paper Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2000
Pages: 288
Language: English