Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 09:51:33 +0100
From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU
Subject: Re: oj trial
Let me raise another question, since the oj one stirred a good discussion:
My African American students for the past 2 semesters have been using the
term Ebonics to refer to what we most recently seem to be calling AAVE. I
confess that I haven't been keeping up, and the term was new to me. But I
also notice that the linguists I talk to in various groups do not use the
term. So, is this something coming from the popular side? Is it akin to
Black Athena talk, and ice people vs. sun people, or what?
(do I really sound like a New Yorker after all these years? my 12 yr old
daughter recently asked me what the name of my high school, Forest Hills
High, meant. I replied that there were a lot of trees in the neighborhood
40 years ago. To which she went, like, what do trees have to do with it?
After a few rounds of this, I realized she thought Ihad gone to Farrest
Hills High. As in far, farrer, farrest. The most distant hills, something
like that. My wife explained, Daddy doesn't talk (tawk) like the rest of
us--he doesn't say fawrist).
Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uiuc.edu
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