Linguistics in Pursuit of Justice

Linguistics in Pursuit of Justice
As a black child growing up in inner-city neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, John Baugh witnessed racial discrimination at a young age and began to notice correlations between language and race. While attending college he worked at a Laundromat serving African Americans who were often subjected to mistreatment by the police. 

Talkin Black Talk: Language, Education, and Social Change

Talkin Black Talk: Language, Education, and Social Change
Talkin Black Talk captures an important moment in the history of language and literacy education and the continuing struggle for equal language rights. Published 50 years after the Brown decision, this volume revisits the difficult and enduring problem of public schools failure to educate Black children and revises our approaches to language and literacy learning. 

Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice

Beyond Ebonics: Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice
The media frenzy surrounding the 1996 resolution by the Oakland School Board brought public attention to the term "Ebonics", however the idea remains a mystery to most. John Baugh, a well-known African-American linguist and education expert, offers an accessible explanation of the origins of the term, the linguistic reality behind the hype, and the politics […]