"talking American" program; slang as a valuable part of language

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Jan 10 10:50:27 UTC 2005

My article, "Out of the Hood and Into the News: Borrowed Black Verbal Expressions in a Mainstream Newspaper," (American Speech, Winter 1999, 74,4, pp.369-388) examines just this -- I found numerous examples of slang usage in otherwise Standard English, well-written articles, including editorials.

"Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU> wrote:Slang certainly *can* be used appropriately, even in seriously written, well-polished articles/newspaper editorials/etc. I've often noticed examples of this without bothering to jot down the information. Maybe I should start doing so now (others can join in) and sharing the information with ads-l.

Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of English & Linguistics
  and University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
margaret.lee at hamptonu.edu   or   mlee303 at yahoo.com

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