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Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

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Renowned linguist John R. Rickford and journalist Russell J. Rickford provide the definitive guide to African American vernacular English from its origins and features to its powerful fascination for society at large.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Wiley (first published January 1st 2000)
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Isa Lavinia
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Dated in its examples, but very passionate.
Gloria
Feb 11, 2011 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.
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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 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 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 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."
kate
May 29, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Good, informed source material - a little lackluster in the writing department, though.
Sonja Warren
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very technical.
Josh Brown
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Should be required reading for anyone who teaches English at whatever level
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Illuminating.
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