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True to the Language Game: African American Discourse, Cultural Politics, and Pedagogy Paperback – March 23, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0415887175 ISBN-10: 0415887178 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415887178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415887175
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,135,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Keith Gilyard’s True to the Language Game is a massively well-written and well-argued compendium of his 'greatest hits.' Deftly weaving linguistics, rhetoric, literary criticism, politics, social theory and autobiographical narrative, Gilyard creates an entertaining masterpiece.  He is at the top of his game."
-James Paul Gee, Arizona State University

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Gilyard provides an enlightened overview and perspective on Black English (Ebonics), as well as a clarification of the Oakland controversy. He explains three pedagogical approaches to language instruction: Eradicationism, Pluralism, and Bidialectalism. His discussion of language pedagogy and how students' home language can be used as a bridge is a must read for anyone in the field of education. It is also written at a level easily accessible for parents and all concerned citizens.
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