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By Geneva Smitherman

Written through the highly revered linguist, Geneva Smitherman, this publication offers a definitive assertion on African American English. Enriched by way of her evocative and inimitable prose sort, the research provides an summary of previous debates at the speech of African americans, in addition to offering a imaginative and prescient for the longer term. that includes cartoons which exhibit the connection among language and race, in addition to universal perceptions of African American Language, she explores its contribution to mainstream American English and contains a precis of expressions as a instructed linguistic middle of AAL.

As international manifestations of Black Language bring up, she argues that, via schooling, we needs to increase our belief of AAL and its audio system, and extra learn the results of gender, age and sophistication on AAL. maybe such a lot of all we needs to relish the ‘artistic and linguistic genius’ of AAL, provided during this publication via rap and Hip Hop lyrics and the explorations of rhyme and rhetoric within the Black speech community.

Word from the Mother is a vital learn for college kids of African American English, language, tradition and sociolinguistics, in addition to the final reader attracted to the global ‘crossover’ of black well known culture.

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