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African American Women’s Language

Discourse, Education, and Identity

Editor(s): Sonja L. Lanehart
Contributors: Arthur K. Spears, Elaine Richardson, Calaya Reid, Iyabo F. Osiapem, Joycelyn Moody, Terry Meier, Sonja L. Lanehart,

Book Description

African American Women’s Language: Discourse, Education, and Identity is a groundbreaking collection of research on African American Women’s Language that is long overdue. It brings together a range of research including variationist, autoethnography, phenomenological, ethnographic, and critical. The authors come from a variety of disciplines (e.g., Sociology, African American Studies, Africana Studies, Linguistics, Sociophonetics, Sociolinguistics, Anthropology, Literacy, Education, English, Ecological Literature, Film, Hip Hop, Language Variation), scientific paradigms (e.g., critical race theory, narrative, interaction, discursive, variationist, post-structural, and post-positive perspectives), and inquiry methods (e.g., quantitative, qualitative, ethnographic, and multimethod) while addressing a variety of African American female populations (e.g., elementary school, middle school, adults) and activity settings (e.g., classrooms, family, community, church, film).

Readers will get a good sense of the language, discourse, identity, community, and grammar of African American women. The essays provide the most current research on African American Women’s Language and expand a literature that has too often only focused on male populations at the expense of letting the sistas speak.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1359-4
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1359-1
Date of Publication: 01/11/2009
Pages / Size: 315 / A5
Price: £44.99


Sonja L. Lanehart obtained her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Michigan. She is Professor of English and Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she teaches courses on sociolinguistics and African American Language. She is the author of Sista, Speak! Black Women Kinfolk Talk about Language and Literacy (2002), editor of Sociocultural and Historical Contexts of African American English (2001), and the editor for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on African American Language. Her writings focus on language and literacy uses in African American communities, language and identity, and the educational implications and applications of sociolinguistic research.