Say my name: African American Women’s Language

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This essay is a call out and a roll call of Black women scholars – Black Feminists, Critical Race Theorists, Intersectionality Theorists and co-conspirators – doing the work of the elder women and ancestors whose shoulders we stand on. I frame the research on African American Women’s Language around Hull, Bell-Scott and Smith’s (1982) seminal book All the Women Are White, All the Blacks Are Men, But Some of Us Are Brave to shout out how language and linguistics researchers got it twisted and need to reckon with truth and say my (language’s) name: African American Women’s Language. And put some respeck on it while you’re at it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-568
Number of pages10
JournalGender and Language
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • #CiteBlackWomen
  • African American Language/AAL
  • African American Women’s Language/AAWL
  • Black Feminisms/Black Feminist Theory
  • Intersectionality
  • Misogynoir

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics and Language


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