Encouraging the Expression of Linguistic Identity in Writing, Speaking, and Arguing

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Terry, B (2014). Afro-vegan, Farm-fresh African, Caribbean & Southern flavors remixed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1607745313 E.g., Names of the dishes of African, Caribbean, and Southern soul food origins–chermula, dukkah, kelewele, maque choux, and tamales–in the… Continue Reading →

“Beyond the Rice Fields”

Naivo, (2017) Beyond the rice fields (A.M. Charette, Trans.) New York, NY: Restless Books. Find this book at worldcat.org/isbn/1632061317

“Dear Parents”

This is a sample student project with designer’s notes that code-meshes American English, West African English, French, as well as Bambara and Wolof throughout. Code-meshing is used to achieve communication success with the multilingual community that the author wanted to reach… Continue Reading →

“From the Hood to the Amen Corner”

Smitherman, G. (1996). African-American English: From the hood to the amen corner. University of Minnesota. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1-881221-21-0 


Gyasi, Y. (2017). Homegoing (reprint ed.). New York: Vintage. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1101971061. An excerpt (code-meshing English and Asante Twi [of Ghana]) Akua would start each walk by asking her daughters where they wanted to go. She would sling baby Yaw in… Continue Reading →

“Mambo vijana, Congratulations”

Here is an example of a student’s formal writing assignment using code-meshing. It was used as an example by Suzanne Woodring during her presentation “Code-Meshing and Rhetoric: Engaging Audience and Language Diversity” at CCCC 2018.

Marvel’s “Black Panther”

Coogler, R. (Director). (2018). Black panther [motion picture]. Los Angeles: Marvel/Walt Disney. When Erik Killmonger arrives in Wakanda and is escorted into the room with King T’challa and his council, Erik speaks plainly in his dialect of AAVE, his native… Continue Reading →

“Permission to Speak”

Harris, J. B. (2014). Permission to speak. In B. Terry, Afro-vegan, Farm-fresh African, Caribbean & Southern flavors remixed (pp. vii-viii). Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1607745313 An excerpt: As I paged through the manuscript, reading the text for… Continue Reading →


Saro-Wiwa K. (1994). Sozaboy: a novel in rotten English. White Plains, N.Y., Longman. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/0582236991

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