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Black Street Speech: Its History, Structure, and Survival

Black Street Speech: Its History, Structure, and Survival (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Baugh, John

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In the minds of many, black street speech-the urban dialect of black Americans-bespeaks illiteracy, poverty, and ignorance. John Baugh challenges those prejudices in this brilliant new inquiry into the history, linguistic structure, and survival within white society of black stre...et speech. In doing so, he successfully integrates a scholarly respect for black English with a humanistic approach to language differences that weds rigor of research with a keen sense of social responsibility.Baugh's is the first book on black English that is based on a long-term study of adult speakers. Beginning in 1972, black men and women in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Austin, and Houston were repeatedly interviewed, in varied social settings, in order to determine the nature of their linguistic styles and the social circumstances where subtle changes in their speech appear. Baugh's work uncovered a far wider breadth of speaking styles among black Americans than among standard English speakers. Having detailed his findings, he explores their serious implications for the employability and education of black Americans.Black Street Speech is a work of enduring importance for educators, linguists, sociologists, scholars of black and urban studies, and all concerned with black English and its social consequences.
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ISBN 9780292707450
Released NZ 1 Jan 1983
Publisher Inbooks
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Series Texas linguistics series
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780292707450
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Inbooks
Imprint University of Texas Press
Released 1 Jan 1983
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Baugh, John
Series Texas linguistics series
Category Dialectology
Sociology, Social Studies
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 9mm
Dewey Code 427.973
Weight 590g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress African Americans - Education, English language - Social aspects -, Black English, African Americans - Social conditions, English language - Spoken English - United States
NBS Text Social Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education