Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture

Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture

Paperback Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language

By (author) Marcyliena H. Morgan, Series edited by Judith T. Irvine, Series edited by Bambi B. Schieffelin, Series edited by Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Series edited by Joel C. Kuipers, Series edited by Don Kulick, Series edited by John Lucy, Series edited by Elinor Ochs, Series edited by Michael Silverstein

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 228mm x 12mm | 300g
  • Publication date: 17 April 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521001498
  • ISBN 13: 9780521001496
  • Illustrations note: 3 b/w illus. 4 maps 8 tables

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African American language is central to the teaching of linguistics and language in the United States, and this book, in the series Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language, is aimed specifically at upper level undergraduates and graduates. It covers the entire field - grammar, speech, and verbal genres, and it also discusses the various historical strands that need to be identified in order to understand the development of African American English. The first section deals with the social and cultural history of the American South, the second with urban and northern black popular culture, and the third with policy issues. Morgan examines the language within the context of the changing and complex African American and general American speech communities, and their culture, politics, art and institutions. She also covers the current heated political and educational debates about the status of the African American dialect.

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Marcyliena Morgan is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research has focused on language, culture and identity, sociolinguistics, discourse and interaction, and she is the editor of Language and the Social Construction of Identity in Creole Situations.

Table of contents

List of maps, figures and tables; Acknowledgments; Notes on the transcriptions; Introduction; 1. The African American speech community: culture, language ideology and social face; 2. Forms of speech: verbal styles, discourse and interaction; 3. Language norms and practices; 4. When women speak: how and why we enter; 5. Urban youth language: black by popular demand; 6. Language, discourse and power: outing schools; Notes; References; Index.