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Shivonne Gates on "Talking Black in America" panel at Oxford


PhD student, Shivonne Gates, will be a panel member at a screening of Talking Black in America at Oxford University.

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.

The screening is presented by the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with:
Dr Heath Rose, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, University of Oxford, Shivonne Gates, Doctoral Researcher, Department of Linguistics, Queen Mary University of London, and Executive Producer Dr Walt Wolfram, Distinguished University Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University (via pre-recorded address).