Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca by John McwhorterTalking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca by John Mcwhorter

Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca

byJohn Mcwhorter

Hardcover | January 20, 2017

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'Superb.' -Steven Pinker'InTalking Back, Talking Black, 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.' -John R. Rickford, former president of the Linguistic Society of America and coauthor ofSpoken Soul: The Story of Black English'McWhorter debunks some of our most persistent myths about language.' -NPR'McWhorter makes all the right arguments, and he makes them clearly.' -New Yorker'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.' -Wall Street JournalIt 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 examiningthe cultural, educational, and political issues that have undermined recognition of this transformative, empowering dialect.Talking Back, Talking Black 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.John McWhorter teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. ANew York Times best-selling author and TED speaker, he is a columnist forTime and regular contributor to theAtlantic,Wall Street Journal, andWashington Post. His books on language includeThe Power of Babel,Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue,What Language Is,The Language Hoax, andWords on the Move.
John McWhorter teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. ANew York Times best-selling author and TED speaker, he is a columnist forTime and regular contributor to theAtlantic,Wall Street Journal, andWashington Post. His books on language includeThe Power of Babel,Our Magnific...
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Title:Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua FrancaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 7.5 × 5 × 0.69 inPublished:January 20, 2017Publisher:Bellevue Literary PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1942658206

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Praise forTalking Back, Talking Black'Talking Back, Talking Black is [McWhorter's] case for the acceptance of black English as a legitimate American dialect. . . . He ably and enthusiastically breaks down the mechanics.' -New York Times Book Review'Drawing on research, popular culture, and his own expertise as a linguist and black American, McWhorter conveys the roots and richness of the dialect that has come out of the experiences of black Americans. . . . [Talking Back, Talking Black] is an engaging look at the English language as spoken by many black Americans as well as the long history of stereotyping that has prevented an objective analysis of a rich language tradition.' -Booklist'A vibrant separation of an African-American vernacular tradition from the thickets of contemporary racial debate.' -Kirkus Reviews'Well suited for those who have an interest in black studies, education, history, language, or cultural studies.' -Library Journal'Linguistics fans will be enthralled by McWhorter's fascinating and logically presented study.' -Shelf Awareness for Readers'Superb.' -Steven Pinker'InTalking Back, Talking Black, 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.' -John R. Rickford, former president of the Linguistic Society of America and coauthor ofSpoken Soul: The Story of Black EnglishPraise for John McWhorter'McWhorter debunks some of our most persistent myths about language.' -NPR'McWhorter makes all the right arguments, and he makes them clearly.' -New Yorker'McWhorter's prose crackles, his pop-cultural references pop.' -San Diego Union-Tribune'With his passionate eloquence, [McWhorter] makes readers glimpse the wonder of languages.' -Newsday'McWhorter's goal is to shine some light on topics he feels that authors of the typical 'grand old history' of English, with their 'fetish' for vocabulary at the expense of grammar, have left out.' -New York Times Book Review'Do you think Black English is a 'dialect' full of 'mistakes'? You're likely to change our mind about its 'languageness' after reading Mr. McWhorter.' -Wall Street Journal Praise forTalking Back, Talking BlackTalking Back, Talking Black is [McWhorter'apos;s] case for the acceptance of black English as a legitimate American dialect. . . . He ably and enthusiastically breaks down the mechanics." - New York Times Book Review"Drawing on research, popular culture, and his own expertise as a linguist and black American, McWhorter conveys the roots and richness of the dialect that has come out of the experiences of black Americans. . . . [Talking Back, Talking Black] is an engaging look at the English language as spoken by many black Americans as well as the long history of stereotyping that has prevented an objective analysis of a rich language tradition." - Booklist"A vibrant separation of an African-American vernacular tradition from the thickets of contemporary racial debate." - Kirkus Reviews"Well suited for those who have an interest in black studies, education, history, language, or cultural studies." - Library Journal"Linguistics fans will be enthralled by McWhorter's fascinating and logically presented study." - Shelf Awareness for Readers"Superb." - Steven Pinker"InTalking Back, Talking Black, John McWhorter, the maestro at communicating linguistics to the public, succeeds in helping the reader to 'actually hear Black English in a new way,'apos; while hipping linguists to some features of this vibrant variety they might not have considered before." - John R. Rickford, former president of the Linguistic Society of America and coauthor ofSpoken Soul: The Story of Black EnglishPraise for John McWhorter"McWhorter debunks some of our most persistent myths about language." - NPR"McWhorter makes all the right arguments, and he makes them clearly." - New Yorker"McWhorter'apos;s prose crackles, his pop-cultural references pop." - San Diego Union-Tribune"With his passionate eloquence, [McWhorter] makes readers glimpse the wonder of languages." - Newsday"McWhorter'apos;s goal is to shine some light on topics he feels that authors of the typical 'grand old history'apos; of English, with their 'fetish'apos; for vocabulary at the expense of grammar, have left out." - New York Times Book Review"Do you think Black English is a 'dialect'apos; full of 'mistakes'apos;? You'apos;re likely to change our mind about its 'languageness'apos; after reading Mr. McWhorter." - Wall Street Journal"