Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 18:31:48 -0500
From: Beverly Flanigan FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Lippi-Green's Eng with an Accent
Interesting that this issue of stereotypes should come up this weekend.
I happened to hear part of "What Do You Know" on NPR Saturday (a
terrible show, but sometimes I leave the radio on after "Car Talk"),
and who should be the guest of the day but Jim Crotty. He did part of
his stand-up road show on slang (read "dialects") and then launched
into a description of "Rap Talk," which he equated with "Ebonics."
Citing the usual oppositions ('bad'=good, etc.), he then said that to
do it right one should just forget about tense and use lots of "be's"
instead. The audience laughter was lukewarm, fortunately. When he was
asked how sales of his _How To Talk American_ were going, he answered
"pretty mediocre." Please, Mr. Crotty, drop the shtik; there's lots of
good scholarly stuff out there, if you really want to know something