Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 19:24:05 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: "it's all good" At 07:01 PM 11/3/97 "Margaret G. Lee -English" wrote: >Exactly what are "authentic-sounding vernacular locutions"? Who or what >determines authenticity? While no one has a monopoly on linguistic >innovation, the linguistic contributions of African-Americans cannot be >overlooked. > I was responding to a rather impassioned and I thought, as a general idea, perhaps well-taken protest against the occasional tendency to assume that any new slang not otherwise identifiable is AAVE. Linguistic innovation happens in lots of ways, he seemed to be implying, and I thought I agreed. I hope no-one on the list would overlook *any* kinds of contributions to linguistic innovation, but the person to whom I was responding felt that there was maybe a reflexive attitude at times about linguistic innovations and AAVE. Maybe you'd quote his post and address his points if you disagree with him; I can forward you a copy, if you like. You mentioned in your last post in this thread that, "as with much slang that eventually enters mainstream usage, "It's all good" originated in the African American community about four years ago, essentially a product of hip-hop/rap culture." I think tracking the phrase to ground wherever that leads is the point of the exercise, and if you know for sure where and how it originated, post the citations and the thread will naturally close. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]