Dylan Ratigan on Ebonics

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Thu Aug 26 03:01:30 UTC 2010

My sense of what he was saying was that to him "slang" and "dialect"
were synonyms.


On Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 8:05 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> At 4:54 PM -0400 8/25/10, Herb Stahlke wrote:
>>Dylan Ratigan (MSNBC) just reported on the DEA plea for Ebonics
>>translators and responded with the claim that Ebonics is simply "slang
>>or dialect," not a language.  Shades of 1997.
> Well, technically, the "slang or dialect" claim isn't really
> off-base, assuming we get to choose the latter (and dump the usual
> baggage associated therewith).  Of course that's probably not what he
> had in mind.
> LH
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