seeking AAVE/SAE matched guise speech samples

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Sep 6 17:04:23 UTC 2001

What's missing is the differnce between "sounding" and "being." I
would be happy to attest to the African-Americaness of even a short
taped sample, but I would not guarantee the African-Americaness of
the speaker.

This, however (even in legal commentary given in the program), seems
to miss the point. Were callers prejudiced against on the basis of
the hearer's ineterpretation of their race (based, obviously, on
linguistic cues alone).


>In a message dated 9/6/01 10:14:19 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
>t.irons at MOREHEAD-ST.EDU writes:
>>  The question, which is part of a court
>>   case, involves the issue of whether there is something such as "sounding
>>   black" on the phone.
>I must be missing something here.  I thought it was common knowledge that
>there exists a dialect (multiple dialects?) of AAVE that differs phonetically
>from General American, Eastern, and Southern as well as in grammar and
>vocabulary.  Such dialect(s) is as easily recognizable over a telephone as it
>is in person.
>              Jim Landau

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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