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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hip hop and linguistics

Hip hop and linguistics: You ain't heard no research like it!
It's rare to use the words 'hip hop' and 'serious academic research' in the same sentence, but a University of Calgary linguistics professor has relied on rap music as source material for a study of African American vernacular English.
Dr. Darin Howe recently contributed a book chapter that focuses on how black Americans use the negative in informal speech, citing examples from hip hop artists such as Phonte, Jay Z and Method Man. Howe is believed to be the only academic in Canada and one of the few in the world to take a scholarly look at the language of hip hop.

Full story here.

Posted by Will at January 26, 2006 10:22 AM in Anthropology | In the News