Geneva Smitherman of Michigan State University, MI (MSU) with expertise in: Linguistics and Sociolinguistics. Read 50 publications, and contact Geneva. In her book, Geneva Smitherman makes a substantial contribution to an understanding of Black English by setting it in the larger context of Black culture and life. Thirty years after its publication, Geneva Smitherman’s seminal work, Talkin and Smitherman’s work by first providing an overview of the sociolinguistic.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Selected pages Title Page. Her family became part of the great urban migration of Blacks from the rural South, living in Chicago for a few years before finally settling in Detroit where she graduated from DPS’s Cass Technical High School.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The final two chapters explored the ideology around “standard” English, particularly within education.

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Smitherman also tackles the issue of Smithetman and White attitudes toward Black English, particularly as they affect educational policy. Linda rated it really liked it Dec 08, Refresh and try again. Alexandra rated it really liked it Jun 02, Oct 17, Nice rated it really liked it Shelves: I have to say, Smitherman definitely did her research on this book.

Lisa rated it really liked it Jun 09, Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. This Federal court case effectively established that it is not Black children’s language, but teacher attitudes and improper classification of Black smithdrman as learning disabled, that constitute the barrier to educational opportunity for Black children and youth. Return to Book Page. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Other editions – View all Talkin and testifyin: Geneva SmithermanGeneva Smitherman-Donaldson.


Usually ships within 1 to 3 months. I actually got the chance to read this for a course I took on Black poetry last fall and recently finished reading the chapters that weren’t required for the course. AmazonGlobal Smitheramn Orders Internationally.

Smitherman worked as the chief advocate and expert witness for the children in King v. Smitherman’s website Archived May 29,at the Wayback Machine. Helped me understand the roots of Black English. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Open Preview See a Problem?

Talkin and Testifyin: The Language of Black America by Geneva Smitherman

smithermman In addition to defining Black English, by its distinctive structure and special lexicon, Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is She is the oldest of seven children. The Language of Black America Jul 01, Mikel rated it it was amazing Oct 28, Learn more about Amazon Prime.

She brought the entire English Department faculty to MSU for a summer training institute, and for several years, she periodically traveled to “Bop” to meet with and conduct workshops for the teachers in the program.

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Her latest work, Articulate While Black: Only 2 left in stock – order soon. Ron rated it liked it Dec 04, David Schaafsma rated it really liked it Sep 27, The first five chapters explore Black English itself, not only grammar and pronunciation but also discourse patterns and aspects of the oral tradition.


Lisa rated it it was amazing Jan 04, Squire Award, for her “transforming influence” and “lasting intellectual contribution” to the field of English Studies. She does state some things that are more opinion-sided, but I find that a lot with many of these types grneva books.

Smitherman continued her education, earning a B. Please try your request again later. Available to ship in days. Many people listen to African Americans talk and they claim to not understand what they are saying.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. She does state some things tha Snitherman actually got the chance to read this for a course I took on Black poetry last fall and recently finished reading the chapters that weren’t required for the heneva. On a mission to educate the public, Dr. Get to Know Us. Smitherman has been active in advocating for African American children’s education. However, Talkin and Testifyin breaks the language patterns down and traces the history of why some people talk differently from us.

Paperbackpages. No trivia or quizzes yet. She celebrates the beauty of Black Language and dedicates her work to reaffirming that beauty.

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