Linguistics events at Boston University

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  Dec 2018

Date

Thu Dec 06, 2018

Time

05:30 PM - 06:45 PM


			

Location

CILSE 101

Category

Lectures

Title

LINGUISTICS COLLOQUIUM: "On constructing regional and racial identity: Investigating stylistic variation in Rochester, New York"

Description

Abstract: Recent explorations of regional variation across African American speech communities have brought to the forefront the linguistic heterogeneity across African American English (AAE). As sociolinguists have problematized the presentation of AAE as a uniform variety, intra-group analyses highlight the diverse social and linguistic constructions among African American speakers. In this talk, I zoom in on three personae local to the African American community in Rochester, New York, assessing how each style is linguistically constructed. I investigate how the three personae, The Mobile Professional, The Hood Kid, and The Biker recruit or reject vocalic patterns of the Northern Cities Shift, as well as AA(V)E morphosyntactic patterns in the construction of their identities. The findings challenge how we define the dialect, while also complicating our understanding of the relationship between race and language.

Speaker(s)

Sharese King (University of Chicago)