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Sat Oct 02 2004
Media: NYT: Op-ed Piece on AAVE
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NYT: Op-ed Piece on AAVE
Message 1: NYT: Op-ed Piece on AAVE
From: Karen Chung <karchungntu.edu.tw>
Subject: NYT: Op-ed Piece on AAVE
There's an op-ed piece in the September 30, 2004 issue of the New York
Times online, entitled:
by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
The black vernacular seems to be everywhere these days, from Dave
Chappelle's show to Boost Mobile's ''Where you at?'' ad campaign.
''It becomes part of the mainstream in a minute,'' the poet Amiri Baraka
told me, referring to the black vernacular. ''We hear the rappers say,
'I'm outta here' - the next thing you know, Clinton's saying. 'I'm outta
here.' ''And both Senator John Kerry and President Bush are calling out,
''Bring it on,'' like dueling mike-masters at a hip-hop slam.
Is it possible, after all these years, that white folk have come to
speak ''black'' far better than blacks speak ''white''? Just axing.
Free registration is required to access the piece.
Karen Steffen Chung
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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