Date: Thu, 13 Jul 1995 15:23:00 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: oj trial One question crossed my mind out of Larry's and Terry's interventions: whose stereotype is more valid, the linguist's or the layperson's? Or should I ask whose stereotype is more authoritative? Or perhaps should the question be about whose stereotype is more reliable? I am sidestepping the legal interpretation of "sounding black," which is beyond my expertise? I think I don't see the point of discrediting the witness for the simple reason that he is not a linguist. Wouldn't the linguist be interested in finding out what features are functional in the layperson's stereotype? Sali. *********************************************************************** Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861