"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."
"Spoken Soul is a must read for anyone who is interested in the connection between language and identity."
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.
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They must avoid thinking of Black English as "bad English" or "lazy English."| Read Full Review of Spoken Soul: The Story of Bla...
It is a story told by a scholar (JR) and a journalist (Russell Rickford) with roots in the speech community and deep, broad knowledge of the language variety that is essentially connected to the heart and soul of African American people in the United States.| Read Full Review of Spoken Soul: The Story of Bla...
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