Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 09:49:38 -0500 From: "Salikoko S. Mufwene" Subject: Re: The Lords Prayer/Ebonics Your start your posting right, Carol, that you "thought some of [us] might find this interesting." I am one of those that do not. Your posting reminds me of some others, of a few months back, when I wondered whether it was the laypeople who produced jokes about "Ebonics" who were misinformed or the ADS-List members who reported them, and for what intellectual purpose, I may ask. Do you know of any African-American family in which the variety putatively adopted in the Bible translation, per your example, is the default vernacular? Or are we back to the days when we discussed how people cook chittlins... just to satisfy some emotions but with little contribution to our intellectual curiosities? Best, Sali. ====================================== >I got this from a friend this morning, not in ADS, but I thought some of you >might find this interesting. >By the way, there is an African-American Bible, pub. by African-American >Family Press 1993, that goes (In the beginning, God created the Heavens and >the Earth, and the Earth was without form and void): Now when the Almighty >was first down with His program, He made the Heavens and the earth. The earth >was a fashion misfit, being so uncool and dark... >--------------------- >Forwarded message: >From: maryanneraphael[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (maryanne j raphae) >To: CLAndrus[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Date: 97-10-07 16:25:34 EDT > >--------- Begin forwarded message ---------- >From: tomepatterson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (Thomas E Patterson) >To: maryanneraphael[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] >Subject: The Lords Prayer/Ebonics >Date: Sat, 25 Jan 1997 16:42:43 PST >Message-ID: <19970125.164244.6782.0.tomepatterson[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]> > >No doubt some Bible societies will feel compelled to publish a new >translation of the Holy Scriptures in the newly discovered language >of Ebonics. > >Here's a head start for them. > > EBONICS ENGLISH > >Big Daddy's Rap The Lord's Prayer > >Yo, Bid Daddy upstairs, Our Father, who art in heaven > >You be chillin' Hallowed be thy name > >So be yo hood Thy Kingdom come > >You be sayin' it, I be doin' it Thy will be done > >In this here hood and yo's On earth as it is in heaven > >Gimme some eats Give us this day our daily >bread > >And cut me some slack, Blood And forgive us our trespasses > >Sos I be doin' it to dem dat diss me As we forgive those who >trespass > against >us > >don't be pushing me into no jive And lead us not into >temptation > >and keep dem Crips away But deliver us from evil > >'Cause you always be da Man For thine is the Kingdom, the >power > and the glory, forever and >ever. > >Aaa-men Amen > > > > > > > >--------- End forwarded message ---------- ******************************************************* Salikoko S. Mufwene s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of Chicago 773-702-8531; FAX 773-834-0924 Department of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 *******************************************************