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by John Russell Rickford

In Praise of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English. Now renowned linguist John R. Rickford and journalist Russell J. Rickford provide the definitive guide to African American vernacular English–from its origins and features to its powerful fascination for society at large.

In Praise of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English. Spoken Soul brilliantly fills a huge ga. .Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown university. A lively, well-documented history of Black English.

Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English. With Russell J. Rickford) New York: John Wiley, 2000. a b c "Alumnus John Rickford explains how linguists are working to solve the black/white achievement gap in American schools". Retrieved 2017-12-05.

Rickford, John . 1949-; Rickford, Russell John. The Rickfords also explore America's love/hate relationship with Black English and its role in our ongoing dialogue about why and how race matters".

SPOKEN SOUL essentially consists of three distinct parts that may not all appeal to the same audience. The second part of the book is a linguistic description of AAVE

SPOKEN SOUL essentially consists of three distinct parts that may not all appeal to the same audience. The first part is a basic presentation of AAVE as a phenomenon in the African-American community, with a history of how it has been embraced or shunned by African-American intellectuals. The second part of the book is a linguistic description of AAVE. The authors attempt to outline the ways in which AAVE differs from Standard English in a fashion easy for layman to understand. I nonetheless think that most readers are going to find this too hard going unless they have prior training in basic linguistics.

Spoken Soul brilliantly fills a huge ga.

In Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English, scholar and linguistics expert John R. Rickford offer a fascinating, definitive history of the use of Black English in literature, the performing arts, religion, and everyday conversation.-Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown university "Spoken Soul provides a profound portrait of the power, passion, and poignancy of Black English beyond the Ebonics controversy and.

John Russell Rickford and Russell John Rickford Foreword by Geneva Smitherman. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. New York, Chichester, Weinheim, Brisbane, Singapore, Toronto. This book is printed on acid-free paper. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-471-32356-X (pb.

Now renowned linguist John R. Rickford provide the definitive guide to African American vernacular English from its origins and features to its powerful fascination for society at large.

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John Russell Rickford (born September 16, 1949 in Georgetown, Guyana) is a Guyanese academic and author. His book Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English, which he wrote together with his son, Russell J. Rickford, won the American Book Award in 2000

In Praise of Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

""Spoken Soul brilliantly fills a huge gap. . . . a delightfully readable introduction to the elegant interweave between the language and its culture.""–Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown university

""A lively, well-documented history of Black English . . . that will enlighten and inform not only educators, for whom it should be required reading, but all who value and question language.""–Kirkus Reviews

""Spoken Soul is a must read for anyone who is interested in the connection between language and identity.""–Chicago Defender

Claude Brown called Black English ""Spoken Soul."" Toni Morrison said, ""It's a love, a passion. Its function is like a preacher’s: to make you stand out of your seat, make you lose yourself and hear yourself. The worst of all possible things that could happen would be to lose that language.""

Now renowned linguist John R. Rickford and journalist Russell J. Rickford provide the definitive guide to African American vernacular English–from its origins and features to its powerful fascination for society at large.

I really enjoyed this book
I am still reading the book, however this topic has been a journey into a different and interesting world that I didn't realize existed which has enabled me to broaden my perspective not only on this significant segment of our society and our culture, but with others as well.
Mailed quick in great condition. Have not read yet, but looks like quite an informative book to later be used for class.
The book was awesome, i loved it. Would recommend to anyone who wants to seriously learn about the way we speak and why.
Recommended to my by a colleague, I had my doubts about _Spoken Soul_. Lingustics is intellectually rigorous, and frankly I was a little intimidated. Furthermore, like many Americans, I had always thought of "ebonics" as slang. That "ebonics" (or "African-American vernacular English" - AAVE) is in fact a language, governed by grammatical rules and with a rich history is the subject of _Spoken Soul_.

Written by Stanford lingustics professor John Rickford, _Spoken Soul_ begins with a primer in linguistics. It is testament to the brilliance of Rickford that he clearly and easily explains speech analysis, linguistic syntax and grammatical rules so the layperson can understand. From here, Rickford shows how AAVE is, in fact, a language - going so far as to illustrate its etymology to West African languages (through sentence structure and grammatical rules.) The last chapters of the book - on the controversey of teaching ebonics in schools- was of less interest to me, but certainly relevant to the larger issue of language and power in a society.

The book is a real eye-opener, not only in terms of the broader implications of the power of language (consider for a moment vanishing languages around the world - and the reasons why this is happening), but also testament to the living linguistic heritage of African-Americans. I am a big fan of Richard Wright, August Wilson and Zora Neale Hurston. To understand now that the voices their characters spoke (and that some of my students speak) isn't "poor English" but a language (or dialect if you will) of its own was a profound realization to me. Recommended reading.
Arabella V.
I found the book to be very enlightening and was quite impressed by the scholarly approach of the authors, particularly their discussion of the origin, history and development of Black English in this country and in the Caribbean area. For example, their explanation of the substitution of "d" for "th" in spoken soul, their term for Black English, because there is no "th" sound in the West African languages used by the black slaves in early America provided a clear basis for this usage that made good sense to me. That explanation dispelled any pejorative notions that this pronunciation was due to some kind of laziness of tongue or simple-mindedness on the part of the speakers. The book is very well organized, well written, and introduces the reader to the many uses to which Black English or spoken soul has been put in music, humor, poetry, novels and the theater. Although it is a scholarly work, it flows quite smoothly and is easy to read. The discussion of Ebonics and the actions of the Oakland School Board is must reading for anyone who followed that controversy. It puts that whole affair and the media1s role in it in its proper context. I bought a copy for one of my colleagues and another is reading my copy. After finishing the book, I had a greater appreciation of my own home language. The book is must reading for anyone interested in having a better understanding of the multi-layered society in which we live, the beauty and richness of the languages we speak and the contributions speaker of soul have made to the beautiful mosaic that is the United States.
This book was meant for every teacher, journalist, voter, politician, mother, writer, speech-giver, and person interested in language usage. It is a very smooth read with the rigor and content of a scholarly work and the clarity and craftsmanship of a New York Times bestseller. It would be a perfect book for a Freshman seminar or to read on a warm summer afternoon.
This book has five sections. The first section is the introduction.
The second section is for everyone interested in Speech Communication, Rhetoric, Writing, Rhetorical Style, Code-switching and Genre analysis--folklore, prayers, writers, music, poems, etc. In addition to discussing discourse level topics, it also introduces phonological and syntactic markers of the different speech varieties. It also describes the difference between hip-hop slang and the systematic language variation in sound, grammar, and rhetorical style that characterize AAVE.
The third section, devoted to illustrating the phonological, syntactic, and evolutionary (linguistic/etymological) systems of AAVE, is written for the lay reader, but it is useful for advanced students of linguistics as well who would like to gain an overview of how the language works. It is very thorough in illustrating the systematic rule system of AAVE, including socio-linguistically predictable frequencies of feature occurrence, and it explains linguistic notions in lay concepts for those without a background in linguistics. It is extraordinarily clear and easy to understand, but theoretically thorough and deep. It is careful to explain the linguistic environments of AAVE rules, and illustrates every point with multiple examples. Nearly every page of the book contains data illustrating the richness of the language being described and the linguistic notions being discussed. The data is presented in a format digestible to the lay reader, but Rickford is careful to preserve all of the information that a linguist may wish to pull out of the data. The last chapter in this section is devoted to historical linguistics. It describes century by century what data is available and how to use it to triangulate a theory of language origin. It explains the anglocentric, creolist, and afrocentric positions on the origins of AAVE. The book then goes point by point through all of the syntactic and phonological characteristics described in the previous two chapters and describes the theoretical positions of all three camps on these points. It is one of the best descriptions, point by point, that I have ever read on the origins of AAVE.
The fourth section deals with the Oakland Ebonics controversy. It explains the issues involved from all perspectives, the history of the issues, the players, and the media issues. Most usefully, it includes information on educational research showing the outcomes of various educational programs for language minorities here and abroad which never got aired during the controversy. It also describes a number of programs which showed substantial improvement in outcomes, but which were discontinued for political reasons. It is a case study worthy of any political science, media, public relations, or educational administration course.
The last section deals with language and identity. It is short, but poignant with many illustrative examples. It touches on important socio-linguistic concepts, but it could be expanded greatly.
The rest of this is intended for instructors considering this for a Freshman survey course. The points are excessively nit-picky and not at all relevant to anyone other than an instructor.
What I wanted more of:
1) more unscripted examples of code-switching and analysis of reasons for it 2)discussion of why the Nova Scotia, Liberian, and Sierra Leone data is so valuable (i.e. comparative method for the lay person) 3) more specific explanation of the "universals" of pidginization and creolization 4)discussion of decreolization. The terms basilect, mesolect, and acrolect with weak explanation of their significance. This is quite uncharacteristic of the book as a whole, which carefully explains or avoids linguistic jargon. 5) more extensive discussion of educational research on literacy acquisition 6) more in-depth examples of comprehension issues. There is a lot of discussion about the work Labov is doing on this, but there is a paucity of examples. (Again, uncharacteristic of the book as a whole.) 7) presentation of more scholarly theory and research on psychology of education and its effects on learning 8) more extensive explanation of network theory, which is mentioned several times but only briefly explained, 9) more information about the differences between regional varieties of Black English in previous centuries, 10) more information about differences between regional varieties of AAVE now. The book shows that variation is extensive along social class and social network lines, however, it gives the impression that there is now little to no regional variation in it. The book could be more overt in stating to what extent they believe this is true.
Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English ebook
John Russell Rickford
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Wiley; 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
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