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Monday, September 17, 2018

Talking Back, Talking Black - John McWhorter

Ebonics, African American Vernacular English, Black English,... It goes by many different names, but the majority of people knows what it sounds like either from every day conversation or from watching television or movies. But what makes some speakers of American English sound black? Why is AAVE slang considered inappropriate in instances such as job interviews, while other slang may be accepted? Why is AAVE so different from other slangs and accents found in the United States?

McWhorter explains the form and structure of Black English, while also examining the culture and history surrounding it. I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book that brings readers a better understanding of the nuanced language that many people in the United States speak.

More by the Author:
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
The Language Hoax
The Power of Babel

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