Donald M. Lance LanceDM at MISSOURI.EDU
Fri Jan 12 22:25:13 UTC 2001

Nigra is dialectal for Negro.  In some Southern lects, the vowel in Negro shortens before
the consonant cluster, and schwa is the unmarked pronunciation of final vowels of all
spellings,  The people who say Nigra think they are saying Negro, and they are, but
naysayers want to insist on the nay.

Duane Campbell wrote:

> On Tue, 9 Jan 2001 21:19:25 EST RonButters at AOL.COM writes:
> > Yes, INJUN has indeed a long history as a slur. I'd say that INJUN :
> > INDIAN =
> Might it be more like Nigra:Negro, i.e., a non-pejorative (given the
> contingencies of time and place) dialect difference?

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