The Sociology of African American Language

A Language Planning Perspective

  • Charles DeBose

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The current state of knowledge of African American language is examined from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective that includes its structure, history, social role and educational implications, as well as the linguistic scholarship from which it derives, as a case study of language planning. A diverse array of topics including Hip-Hop culture, the Black Church and the Ebonics controversy are unified by a pervasive theme of latent conflict between academic knowledge and 'real world' knowledge of Black language.


community culture knowledge Nation sociology

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  • Charles DeBose
    • 1
  1. 1.California State UniversityUSA

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