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Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

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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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Wiley (first published January 1st 2000)
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Gloria
Feb 11, 2011 Gloria rated it it was amazing
I read this book over winter break in preparation for this winter quarter. It's a beautiful celebration of the African American Vernacular. It gives detailed information concerning its grammar, its origins, its history, and its forms (music, poetry, speech, and writings). It gets to the truth about ebonics and the need to preserve this beautiful America dialect. An uplifting read.
Christopher
SPOKEN SOUL: The Story of Black English is a comprehensive introduction to African-American Vernacular English by the father-and-son writing team of John Russell Rickford and Russell John Rickford, one a journalist and the other a linguist. It was published by Wiley in 2000. SPOKEN SOUL essentially consists of three distinct parts that may not all appeal to the same audience.

The first part is a basic presentation of AAVE as a phenomenon in the African-American community, with a history of how it
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Jessica
Oct 07, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
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Overall, it was an engaging, enlightening and enjoyable read. Part 3 might be a challenge to readers who haven't ever taken a course in linguistics or grammar. The explanations are really quite good though, so if you've ever studies another language I think you'll be able to understand most of what's discussed.

Part 1 introduces the purpose of the book. Part 2 discusses the artistic and cultural history of African American vernacular English (AAVE). Part 3 discusses the vocabulary, phonetics and
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Lisa
Jun 09, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic intro to African American English. Rigorous enough for linguists but also highly engaging and accessible to nonlinguists. Wonderful book.
Luana Kay
Sep 18, 2013 Luana Kay rated it liked it
Very simplistic reading that proves that I ain't talkin' wrong...
A great beginner book to open the eyes of Ebonics speakers worldwide so that they may never shun their own language again. Awesome book to lead upto further hardcore "linguistic" research about this unique system of communication.
The one issue with this book is it's inconsistency with whether Spoken Soul is that or "Black English."
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