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Beyond Ebonics : Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice - John Baugh

Beyond Ebonics

Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice

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Published: 1st June 2000
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The media frenzy surrounding the 1996 resolution by the Oakland School Board brought public attention to the term "Ebonics", however the idea remains a mystery to most. John Baugh, a well-known African-American linguist and education expert, offers an accessible explanation of the origins of the term, the linguistic reality behind the hype, and the politics behind the outcry on both sides of the debate. Using a non-technical, first-person style, and bringing in many of his own personal experiences, Baugh debunks many commonly-held notions about the way African-Americans speak English, and the result is a nuanced and balanced portrait of a fraught subject. This volume should appeal to students and scholars in anthropology, linguistics, education, urban studies, and African-American studies

"With Baugh's book, sanity has finally arrived."--Language in Society "A valuable contribution to the background of the Ebonics debate...a book written from both a personal standpoint as an African American and a professional one as a sociolinguist."--English Language "With tenacity, conviction, and eloquence, Baugh achieves his goals. He attacks uninformed and divisive myths about AAE by providing a detailed elucidation of the Ebonics controversy sociohistorically, educationally, and legally. He provides a conceptual model for how best to educate SENN students. He provides compelling arguments for why the US should redress the linguistic consequences of American slavery for ASD. He is steadfast in his plea for linguistic tolerance. ... Beyond Ebonics deserves attention and reflection. It informs us about the Ebonics controversy in an intellectual and dispassionate way, which is a far cry from what we got in the midst of the controversy. With Baugh's book, sanity has finally arrived."--Language in Society "A lucid new study of...perhaps the most strident linguistic controversy in recent memory."--The New Yorker "John Baugh's recent book is arguably the most clearly articulated and detailed account of the controversy that surrounded the Oakland Unified School District's policy decision in December, 1996, and his book suggests why these issues will continue to be at the forefront of language education in the United States."--CRecord.org "A valuable contribution to the background of the Ebonics debate...a book written from both a personal standpoint as an African American and a professional one as a sociolinguist."--English Language "Recommended for all collections."--Choice

1.: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice 2.: Ebonic Genesis 3.: A Contentious Global Debut 4.: The Oakland Resolutions 5.: Legislative Lament 6.: Legal Implications 7.: Disparate Theoretical Foundations 8.: Racist Reactions and Ebonics Satire 9.: Beyond Ebonics: Striving toward Enhanced Linguistic Tolerance Appendix A: Linguistic Society of American Resolution on the Oakland "Ebonics" Issue Appendix B: Texas 75th Legislature, Regular Session: House Resolution 28 Appendix C: California 1997-98 Regular Session: Senate Bill 205

ISBN: 9780195120462
ISBN-10: 0195120469
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st June 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.45 x 14.88  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.38