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  • ISBN 13: 9781942658207
  • ISBN 10: 1942658206
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Talking Back, Talking Black

Truths About America's Lingua Franca

By (author) John McWhorter

“Superb.” —<B>Steven Pinker</B><BR><BR>“In <I>Talking Back, Talking Black</I>, John McWhorter, the maestro at communicating linguistics to the public, succeeds in helping the reader to ‘actually hear Black English in a new way,’ while hipping linguists to some features of this vibrant variety they might not have considered before.” —<B>John R. Rickford</B>, former president of the Linguistic Society of America and coauthor of <I>Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English</I><br><BR>“McWhorter debunks some of our most persistent myths about language.” —<B>NPR</B><BR><BR>“McWhorter makes all the right arguments, and he makes them clearly.” —<B><I>New Yorker</I></B><BR><BR>“Do you think Black English is a ‘dialect’ full of ‘mistakes’? You’re likely to change your mind about its ‘languageness’ after reading Mr. McWhorter.” —<B><I>Wall Street Journal</I></B><BR><BR>It has now been almost fifty years since linguistic experts began studying Black English as a legitimate speech variety, arguing to the public that it is different from Standard English, not a degradation of it. Yet false assumptions and controversies still swirl around what it means to speak and sound “black.” 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. <I>Talking Back, Talking Black</I> takes us on a fascinating tour of a nuanced and complex language that has moved beyond America’s borders to become a dynamic force for today’s youth culture around the world.<BR><BR><B>John McWhorter</B> teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. A <I>New York Times</I> best-selling author and TED speaker, he is a columnist for <I>Time</I> and regular contributor to the <I>Atlantic</I>, <I>Wall Street Journal</I>, and <I>Washington Post</I>. His books on language include <I>The Power of Babel</I>, <I>Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue</I>, <I>What Language Is</I>, <I>The Language Hoax</I>, and <I>Words on the Move</I>.<BR>

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