Tuesday 5th June 2018. 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM @ Mary Ogilvy Theatre, St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS
Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality.
“The status of African American speech has been controversial for more than a half-century now, suffering from persistent public misunderstanding, linguistic profiling, and language-based discrimination. We wanted to address that and, on a fundamental level, make clear that understanding African American speech is absolutely critical to understanding the way we talk today.”
“African-American language is central to American life, yet it continues to be widely misunderstood and marginalized. A new documentary from the Language and Life Project at NC State draws on decades of research to remedy our understanding.”
– NC State News
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
- Dr Heath Rose, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford
- Ms Shivonne M. Gates, PhD candidate in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London
- Dr Walt Wolfram, Distinguished University Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University. Executive Producer of the documentary (via pre-recorded address).
Watch the trailer here: