Date: Mon, 22 Jan 1996 16:47:45 -0800
From: Mary Bucholtz bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GARNET.BERKELEY.EDU
Subject: street slang
I'm doing some pro bono work for a public defender, and I'd like to know
what the expression "break yourself" can mean, especially in its
use among African American urban youth (but other groups' use of it is
also important). I'd appreciate any citations anyone might have, including
music or pop culture attestations, as well as anything scholarly that may
have been written about it.
Thanks very much.
Department of Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley
bucholtz[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]garnet.berkeley.edu