Date: Mon, 17 Jul 1995 18:07:55 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: oj trial In Message Mon, 17 Jul 1995 16:08:52 -0500, Ditra Henry writes: >EVERYONE......especially Sali...Sounding Black...talking Black..speaking >BEV..AAVE..Ebonics or as I prefer to call it..BAE..Black American English.. >IS A MOOT ISSUE IN COURT ESP. FOR LAYMEN AND EVEN MORE SO FOR LINGUIST. How does this become MY business? Besides, your don't explain the racist dimension of the comment to which Attorney Cochran objected! > >ADVOCATE OF BAE IS ANOTHER LANGUAGE NOT JUST A DIALECT Now, this is interesting. Is your position based on linguistic or sociohistorical facts, or is it based on sentiments? A term more consistent with your position should drop "English" from "Black American English," by the way. The term "Ebonics" would be more adequate within your list. In any case, find a name that won't tempt others to characterize it as a variety of English. 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