CCR 611: Comp Histories/Theories

Word from the Mother: Language and African Americans

Black or African American Language (BL or AAL) is a style of speaking English words with Black flava—with Africanized semantic, grammatical, pronunciation, and rhetorical patterns. AAL comes out of the experience of U.S. slave descendants. This shared experience has resulted in common speaking styles, systematic patterns of grammar, and common language practices in the Black… Continue reading Word from the Mother: Language and African Americans

Pedagogy

Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing

Errors and Expectations is one of those books that I feel like I know really well (because it’s so strongly situated in the field) but had never read past the introduction. I was surprised to see how much of what Shaughnessy was saying about basic writing (BW) students was still relevant 35 years later—minus more… Continue reading Errors and Expectations: A Guide for the Teacher of Basic Writing