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Talking Back, Talking Black (Digital Audiobook)

Truths About America's Lingua Franca

By John McWhorter, John McWhorter (Narrator)

Publication Date: April 29, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/11/2018)
Compact Disc (4/30/2019)
Compact Disc (4/30/2019)
MP3 CD (4/30/2019)

Description

Linguists have been studying Black English as a speech variety for years, 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.



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.


About the Author

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. A New York Times bestselling author and TED speaker, he is a columnist for CNN.com, a regular contributor to the Atlantic, a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, and the host of Slate's language podcast, Lexicon Valley. His books on language include The Power of Babel; Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue; Words on the Move; Talking Back, Talking Black; and The Creole Debate.