Publisher description for Black talk : words and phrases from the hood to the amen corner / Geneva Smitherman.

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Smitherman presents a historical guide to the uniqueness of African American English--its distinct patterns of grammar, lexicon, and verbal rituals rooted in oral tradition. Black Talk crosses boundaries of sex, age, religion, region, and social class, and provides definitions of words, sayings, and popular expressions from all segments of the African American community.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
English language -- United States -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
English language -- United States -- Slang -- Dictionaries.
African Americans -- Languages -- Dictionaries.
Black English -- Dictionaries.
Americanisms -- Dictionaries.