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

Amidst voluminous works on Black smithermaj by Whites during the s and ’70s, her first book, the classic, award-winning Talkin and Testifyin: Jeffery Robinson, was taught and mentored by Dr. Only 2 left in stock – order soon. But overall, she does give a wonderful insight on syntax, rhetoric and style.

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Lists with This Book. Open Smithegman See a Problem? 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.


My work seeks to blend the Black Intellectual Tradition with the wisdom and wit of testifiers and toasttellers.

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Smitherman’s website Archived May 29,at the Wayback Machine. Her family moved from the rural south to the urban north as part of the Great African American migration, first smitherrman in Chicago for a few years and then moving to Detroit. 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.

The Language of Black America Houghton Mifflin,stands alone as the major contribution to the subject by a Black scholar during that period. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This page was last edited on 12 Octoberat Early on, in her work in the academic vineyards of Black Studies, students dubbed her “Dr.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. In keeping with this new language grneva, she established a faculty training program in collaboration with MSU colleague, Dr.

Now I understand why they weren’t required.

Gennevapages. In addition to defining Black English, by its distinctive structure and special lexicon, Smitherman argues that the Black dialect is set apart from traditional English by a rhetorical style which reflects its African origins.


It was the first public Afro-centric elementary school in the country.

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Books by Geneva Smitherman. Word from the Mother: Return to Book Page. G has worked in South Africa in a s,itherman of capacities related to post apartheid South Africa’s Constitutional provision for eleven official languages, which for the first time in the gsneva history, recognizes African languages alongside English and Afrikaans.

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