Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 18:11:25 -0800
From: "Alan S. Kaye" AKAYE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCVAX.FULLERTON.EDU
Subject: Re: oj trial
Allow me to clarify my recent point on this network and the 2 responses:
I am a pretty good mimic and can imitate quite a few accents. So, too,
are many others. So if I say a sentence or two in AAVE, pronounced
perfectly, or even several sentences, a hearer might conclude that I am
African American. However, I am not, of course. In terms of auditory
phonetics, many people do not have good hearing, and many also have
distorted conclusions based on stereotypes, etc., as Sali Mufwene has
noted. Thus, listening to a few words, on tape, or on the telephone,
or in person, can result in misidentification of race.
Anyone out there who can identify someone's race from his/her speech,
let's put you to the test. It's that simple!
Now, am I missing something or what?
I hope everyone is having a nice summer.
Linguistics, CSU, Fullerton
akaye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]fullerton.edu