Date: Tue, 1 Nov 1994 21:54:06 CST
From: salikoko mufwene mufw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Subject: Re: offending idioms
In Message Tue, 1 Nov 1994 14:10:36 PST,
"Jim Ague, ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]redrck.enet.dec.com, Col Spgs, CO"
ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]redrck.enet.dec.com writes:
While here, he received his US citizenship, and of course considered himself a
true African-American, born in one, naturalized in the other. The twist to the
story is that Darryl, and Mattie, were descendants of British Colonialists that
had settled in in Northern Rhodesia several generations ago.
I did not know that in proposing that "African American" be used instead
of "Black American" the intention was to appropriate "African" for 'black'
only! The bottom line in this pseudo-intellectual insanity is: why should
you care how a particular group or subset thereof wants to be identified?
Who is trying to legislate language here: the user/speaker or the linguist?
Salikoko S. Mufwene
University of Chicago
Dept. of Linguistics
1010 East 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uchicago.edu
312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861