Publication Date: April 22, 2022
Talking College shows that language is fundamental to Black and African American culture and that linguistic justice is crucial to advancing racial justice, both on college campuses and throughout society. Writing from a linguistics-informed, Black-centered educational framework, the authors draw extensively on Black college students’ lived experiences to present key ideas about African American English and Black language practices. The text presents a model of how Black students navigate the linguistic expectations of college. Grounded in real-world examples of Black undergraduates attending colleges and universities across the United States, the model illustrates the linguistic and cultural balancing acts that arise as Black students work to develop their full linguistic selves. Talking College provides Black students with the knowledge they need to make sense of anti-Black linguistic racism and to make decisions about their linguistic experiences in college. It also offers key insights to help college faculty and staff create the liberating and linguistically just educational community that Black students deserve.
Anne H. Charity Hudley is professor of education at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and of linguistics and African and African American Studies by courtesy in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University. Christine Mallinson is professor in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, affiliate professor in the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and the director of the Center for Social Science Scholarship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Mary Bucholtz is professor in the Department of Linguistics and director of the Center for California Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Santa Barbara.