Say my name

African American Women’s Language


  • Sonja L. Lanehart University of Arizona



African American Women’s Language/AAWL, African American Language/AAL, Black Feminisms/Black Feminist Theory, intersectionality, #CiteBlackWomen, misogynoir


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 not only 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.


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How to Cite

Lanehart, S. L. . (2021). Say my name: African American Women’s Language. Gender and Language, 15(4), 559–568.



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