POWER SPOKEN: Black Women Be Knowing
October 22, 2020| 5:30 p.m.
In this talk, linguist Sonja Lanehart will examine several ways African American women use language to tell the truth and shame the devil. African American women’s language is not Black male speech as spoken by women and it is not White women’s speech as spoken by African American women. It represents the intersectional lives and identities of Black women who continue to “talk that talk” in spite of everything that tries to silence them.
About the Speaker
Sonja Lanehart is a professor in the Department of Linguistics in the College of SBS and in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies in the College of Education. Her scholarship focuses on language and education in African American communities; language and identity; sociolinguistics and language variation; and African American education from Black feminist and Critical Race Theory perspectives. Her books include Sista, Speak! Black Women Kinfolk Talk about Language and Literacy.
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