“Talking Black in America” – Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion by University of Oxford Applied Linguistics Research Group

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.”
-Walt Wolfram

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

Filmed across the United States, ‘Talking Black in America’ is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity. With Reverend Jeremiah Wright DJ Nabs

Professor Griff, Quest M.C.O.D.Y., Dahlia The Poet, Nicky Sunshine and many others.

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: 


Click here to learn more about  Talking Black in America


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