Languages and Dialects in the U.S.: Focus on Diversity and Linguistics
Routledge (March 9, 2014)
“Languages and Dialects in the U.S. is a concise introduction to linguistic diversity in the U.S. for students with little to no background in linguistics. The goal of the editors of this collection of fourteen chapters, written by leading experts on the language varieties discussed, is to offer students detailed insight into the languages they speak or hear around them, grounded in comprehensive coverage of the linguistic systems underpinning them. The book begins with “setting the stage” chapters, introducing the sociocultural context of the languages and dialects featured in the book. The remaining chapters are each devoted to particular U.S. dialects and varieties of American English, each with problem sets and suggested further readings to reinforce basic concepts and new linguistic terminology and to encourage further study of the languages and dialects covered.
By presenting students with both the linguistic and social, cultural, and political foundations of these particular dialects and variations of English, Languages and Dialects in the U.S. is the ideal text for students interested in linguistic diversity in the U.S., in introductory courses in sociolinguistics, language and culture, and language variation and change.”(from the publisher)
The Haitian Creole Language: History, Structure, Use, and Education
Lexington Books (July 16, 2010)
Black Linguistics: Language, Society, and Politics in Africa and the Americas
Routledge (May 19, 2003)
The majority of Black language researchers explore the social and linguistic phenomena of individual Black communities, without looking at Black experiences outside a given community. This groundbreaking collection re-orders the elitist and colonial elements of language studies by drawing together the multiple perspectives of Black language researchers. In doing so, the book recognises and formalises the existence of a “Black Linguistic Perspective” highlights the contributions of Black language researchers in the field.
Written exclusively by Black scholars on behalf of, and in collaboration with local communities, the book looks at the commonalities and differences among Black speech communities in Africa and the Diaspora. Topics include:
- the OJ Simpson trial
- language issues in Southern Africa and Francophone West Africa
- the language of Hip Hop
- the language of the Rastafaria in Jamaica
With a foreword by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the linguistic implications of colonization.” (from the publisher)
Race and Ideology: Language, Symbolism and Popular Culture
African American Life Series
Wayne University Press (September 1999)
This book proposes a new understanding of racism by examining a variety of issues that show how racism and colorism, along with other forms of oppression, are interconnected and maintained by language, symbolism, and popular culture. It includes such topics as how blackness is the symbolic bottom of the U.S. social structure; how the teaching of language and culture can be a tool for understanding inequality; and how the media contribute to the dissemination of stereotypes of people of color.
Race and Ideology offers provocative ideas that must be confronted if we are to construct an understanding of racism that can be useful for social change.” (from the publisher)
The Structure and Status of Pidgins and Creoles: Selected Papers from the Meetings of the Society for Pidgin and Creole Linguistics
Creole Language Library, v. 19
John Benjamins Publishing Co. (June 1998)