Date: Mon, 13 Jan 1997 12:22:57 -0500
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Here is the missing post from HEL.
At the request of Susan Ervin-Tripp, the linguistic anthropologist Jim
Wilce has created a web site for postings (including newspaper material) on
Ebonics. The temporary site URL is http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jmw22/ which
links to linganthnet archives (linguistic anthropology list archives). If
you want your postings on the topic to be in this archive, contact Jim at
The Ebonics debate resulted in the distribution of the following humorous
around the Web:
Jewish English or "Hebonics"
The Encino School Board has declared Jewish English a second language.
Backers of the move say the district is the first in the nation to recognize
Hebonics as the language of many of America's Jews. Here are some
characteristics of the language and sample phrases in standard English
and Jewish English.
Jewish English or "Hebonics" hardens consonants at the ends of words.
Thus, "hand" becomes "handt."
The letter "W" is always pronounced as if it were a "V".
Thus "walking" becomes "valking"
"R" sounds are transformed to a guttural that is difficult to
represent in standard English orthography. For example,
It is "ghraining" "algheady".
Questions are always answered with questions:
Question: "How do you feel?"
Hebonics response: "How should I feel?"
The subject is often placed at the end of a sentence
after a pronoun has been used at the beginning:
"She dances beautifully, that girl."
Sarcastic emphasis is obtained by repeating a word
after adding or substituting "sh" at the beginning.
money becomes "money shmoney"
love becomes "luv shmuv"
Standard English Phrase Hebonics Phrase
"He walks slowly" "Like a fly in the
ointment, he walks"
"You're sexy" (unknown concept)
"Sorry, I do not know the time" "What do I look like, a clock?"
"I hope things turn out for the best " "You should BE so lucky"
"Anything can happen" "It is never so bad, it can't
received by David Korenstein from Dawn who received it from Dani.
forwarded by Israel Cohen
izzy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]telaviv.ddddf.com