A highly readable collection of key articles and essays by a leading scholar on African American language and politics. Discussing the inter-relationship between African American language, culture and education, Talkin' that Talk is divided into sections, each introduced by the author, which include:
* African American language and education
* Language theory, research and the Black intellectual tradition
* Black language and culture
* Black women's discourse
* Language policy and global multilingualism.
'A thoroughly engaging collection, intelligently conceived, and well presented. Smitherman is a force in her field, a true leader, a pioneer.' - Choice
'No one who is interested in the sway of language over class should miss this book.' - Library Review