Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Pan-African Studies, MA
Carew, Joy Gleason
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Jones, Ricky L.
Debates and debating; African American college students; Debating; African American students--Language; Speech--Social aspects
This research uses the speech community model of analysis to illustrate how language is used to determine inclusion into and exclusion from Debate. This has been done by examining the use of four Black discourse types in Intercollegiate Policy Debate: signifying, call and response, tonal semantics, and narrative sequencing to show the ways in which current debate practices (un)intentionally exclude Blacks. Upon examination, one can see that there is educational value to the methods used by majority of the Black student population within Debate. In addition to being a tool of empowerment for this student population, these students can also provide the overall Debate community with alternative perspectives and values. These can be useful to all students‘ development as active citizens within an increasingly diverse American society. This analysis could provide important insight into the next phase of the debate about Debate.
Dillard-Knox, Tiffany Yvonne, "Against the grain : the challenges of black discourse within intercollegiate policy debate." (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2161.