Replies to query re: Black English

Kim Hale x5355 (
Tue, 8 Oct 1996 12:57:29 -0500 (CDT)

Last week, I posted a query regarding titles on Black English, and I
received two suggestions from VIDEOLIBber's:

1. American Tongues. Produced and directed by Andrew Kolker and
Louis Alvarez. Source(s): Center for New American Media/International
Production Center, 1986.

Summary: Illustrates various dialects of the English language within the
United States. Narrated by Polly Holliday.

2. Yeah, You Rite! Directed by Louis Alvarez and Andrew Kolker,
Center for New American Media, 1985. Distributed by the Cinema Guild.

Summary: Looks at the linguistic diversity of New Orleans in this
amusing study of the ways accent and dialect identify and influence the
people who use them. Examples from vendors, children's games, social
occasions and people on the street illustrate their language as an
indication of social and economic rank, race and neighborhood.

Most of the titles I found were dated, the most recent being 1990. If
there are any distributors looking for ideas, updated videos on the use
and affect of dialect and language in the US are needed in general and
specifically on Black English.

Many thanks for your help!

Kimberly Hale, Acquisitions Librarian/Coordinator of Collection Development
Columbia College Library
624 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 663-1600, x5355 (voice) (312) 663-1707 (fax)