Date: Thu, 21 Dec 1995 09:07:45 -0600

From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UCHICAGO.EDU

Subject: Re: holiday greetings

Just did some field work with my wife and daughter as informants. The

formula with "Kwanzaa" is "Happy Kwanzaa." I did not know the tradition

until I came to the United States. Kwanzaa is not celebrated in my part of

Africa (western part of Zaire). If you have discussed African influence on

African-American language varieties, or followed the debate on this, you

should understand why I had to clarify where I am from--the continent is so

heterogeneous linguistically and culturally. I have no authority on


Best wishes,



Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

University of Chicago 312-702-8531; FAX: 312-702-9861

Department of Linguistics

1010 East 59th Street

Chicago, IL 60637