Abrahams, Roger D.. Talking Black

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: Talking Black

Published By: Original publisher Rowley, Mass.: Newbury House Publishers, Inc.. 1976. xiv, 102 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Roger D. Abrahams

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2019. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. African Americans (NK04)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Speech (191); Sociolinguistics (195); Conversation (521); Social relationships and groups (571); Gender status (562); Talent mobility (555); Aggression training (865); Independence training (866); Transmission of cultural norms (867); Household (592);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This work is a detailed sociolinguistic study of Black English as it functions as a system of communication within and between various social segments of Afro-American communities in the United States. Much of the material presented here was gathered by the author, a linguist and folklorist, from observations of Black speaking behavior in the ghettos of Philadelphia, in Texas, and throughout the British West Indies. The source concentrates on Black English, not so much from its linguistic analysis, as from its use by American Blacks as a highly adaptable 'speaking system' of behaviors involving variations in style according to the appropriateness of the occasion, the relationship of the speaker to his/her listeners, what the speaker expects in return, etc. These behaviors are discussed throughout the major portion of the text under such terms as 'signifying, rapping, hipping, talking shit, putting-down, putting-on, hoorawing, and digging.'

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 20

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nk04-020

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 93-98) and index

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document no date

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Linguist, Folklorist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle ; 1986

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). not specified

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) not specified

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings African Americans--Folklore//English language--Social aspects--United States//Black English


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