Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 11:07:24 -0400
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Allen Walker Read
I'm very disappointed that Allen Walker Read, whom I and I am sure many
others on this list hold in the deepest respect, is mentioned in a message
which contains barely disguised racist and linguistically ignorant asides.
How long ago did Bill Labov write 'The Logic of Nonstandard English'? I've
never heard an NBA player or prospect 'who can hardly talk.'
(Who had the head for it and the shot, but whose general physical
attributes somehow kept him out of the NBA)
Allen Walker Read is an American hero, and it's really pathetic that
he's not as honored and recognized, say, as an 18-year-old NBA prospect who
can hardly talk.
Ninety years! Hurrah!!
I've updated the "O.K." story, and it will appear (with many photos of
O.K. items) in the next American Political Items Collectors KEYNOTER
magazine. You can contact this organization at
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu