Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 09:44:56 -0600 From: Salikoko Mufwene Subject: Re: oj trial In message Thu, 13 Jul 1995 08:55:51 +0100, debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU writes: > I heard an nth-hand report that the attorneys in the OJ trial and Judge > Ito clashed yesterday over a prosecution question about whether some > witness overheard someone "who sounded black." I saw the news segment on CNN HEADDLINE NEWS in which Attorney Cochran(?) was reported to have taken offense at this characterization. I thought "sounding black/African American" was a common phrase even among African Americans. So I was shocked by the reaction. I remember participating in a symposium on AAVE in which an African American linguist was trying to articulate a distinction between "sounding black" and "talking black." But I suppose there may be a legal dimension that I have not perceived yet. Sali.