Excerpt from the premiere version of the documentary,
TALKING BLACK in AMERICA.
For the DVD visit www.languageandlife.org
look for TALKING BLACK in AMERICA on PBS in 2019
African American Vernacular English is a learned language system, governed by strict grammatical rules and all of the other properties of any language system. In the 1990s American educators attempted to use this linguistic fact to help more students master Standard English and succeed in public schools. The media misrepresented – and the public misunderstood – these efforts, and the public uproar set back a scientifically-based endeavor to narrow the achievement gap.
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TALKING BLACK in AMERICA was produced by
The Language and Life Project at NC State University
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