Date: Thu, 7 Mar 1996 13:00:00 -0500 From: Allan Metcalf 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 Sir: 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. Sincerely, Margaret G. Lee, Assistant Professor of English Hampton University Hampton, VA 23668 Home Address: 18 Pirates Cove, Hampton, VA 23669 Phone: (804) 851-5773