Signing Black in America: The Story of Black American Sign Language
Alison Smith (née Eggerth) recently graduated from North Carolina State University with an M.A. in English with a concentration in linguistics. Prior to that, she obtained a degree in American Sign Language from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her graduate studies, Alison assisted Language and Life Project producers Danica Cullinan and Neal Hutcheson with the Signing Black in America documentary, and her graduate career culminated with a capstone that focused on the importance of incorporating education about different varieties of ASL into ASL interpreter training programs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walt Wolfram is William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor at North Carolina State University and director of the Language and Life Project. He has pioneered research on social and ethnic varieties of English since the 1960s and is a frequent contributor to American Speech. He is currently directing a four-part series on African American Language (AAL). Signing Black in America is the first episode in this series; other episodes will focus on the earlier history of AAL, the social and educational implications of its usage, and performing in AAL. Email: email@example.com.
Danica Cullinan is a documentary producer for the Language and Life Project at North Carolina State University. In addition to Signing Black in America (with Neal Hutcheson), her television documentaries include Talking Black in America (with Neal Hutcheson), Cedars in the Pines, Spanish Voices, and First Language: The Race to Save Cherokee (with Neal Hutcheson). She has a background in sociolinguistics, information and library science, and film production, and she directs many of the outreach and engagement activities of the Language and Life Project. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alison Smith, Walt Wolfram, Danica Cullinan; Signing Black in America: The Story of Black American Sign Language. American Speech 1 May 2020; 95 (2): 253–260. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-8501401
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