Tuesday 5th June, 16:00 – 18:00
Mary Ogilvy Theatre, St. Anne’s College, Oxford
Convenor: Hamish Chalmers
Talking Black in America
This term’s RIG meeting is being held in conjunction with the University of Oxford’s Applied Linguistics Research Group and will be a special screening of Talking Black in America, a documentary film exploring speech varieties in the African American community and their relevance for identity, legacy and education.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Heath Rose, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford, and Shivonne Gates, Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London. The executive producer of the documentary, Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at North Carolina State University, Dr Walt Wolfram, will contribute to the discussion via pre-recorded address. The screening is part of the University of Oxford’s public seminar series.
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. 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.
All are welcome! You do not have to be a NALDIC member to attend this free event, but places are limited.
Mary Ogilvy Theatre
St Anne’s College
Oxford OX2 6HS
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