"sounding black"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jan 23 13:59:05 UTC 2002

Get in touch with John Baugh (at Stanford) who can give you a
complete report of his experimental as well as "call in" tests on
what he calls "linguistic profiling."


>I am a student at the University of Washington, School of Law.  I am
>currently writing my analytic on a Kentucky case that admitted
>testimony of a police officer that the defendant "sounded black".
>The only man that was black in a house was arrested based on the
>police officers "description".  The police officer never saw the
>defendant until trial.  The defendant was convicted based on this
>"identification".  Outrageous, no!?!
>My contention is that whoever the police officer heard "sounded
>inner-city".  I am looking for studies that have run blind tests to
>identify the race of American dialect speakers and any associated
>articles.  I know that some blacks can "sound white" and some whites
>(specifically inner-city) do "sound black".  (Whatever that really
>Time is of the essence.  Any help you can give me would be greatly
>Laurie Owens

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