Date: Thu, 7 Mar 1996 13:00:00 -0500

From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: "Resources on Black Slang"

An inquiry has come my way, which I think I can best handle by reprinting,

and asking you to reply directly to the inquirer; as well as to ADS-L, if

your reply has general interest. - Allan Metcalf


To: Allan Metcalf, Executive Secretary, American Dialect Society


I teach English at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia. I am currently

researching information on black slang/black verbal expressions for my

dissertation topic on the borrowing of black verbal expressions by the

mainstream print media. I would appreciate your help in suggesting

resources that I may consult that would document the legitimacy of

certain black slang expressions, that is, would identify them as having

been created and used by African-Americans before passing into mainstream

use. Thank you for whatever assistance you can give me in this area.


Margaret G. Lee, Assistant Professor of English

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668

Home Address: 18 Pirates Cove, Hampton, VA 23669

Phone: (804) 851-5773