[Ads-l] "Crying Wolof"

Z Rice zrice3714 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 8 20:05:11 UTC 2016


Thank you for letting me know.

The OED provides the following reasoning for the AAV term "bag": *Meaning
"person's area of interest or expertise" is 1964, from African-American
vernacular...probably via notion of putting something in a bag."*

I offer the following definition (as a native speaker) and the following
etymologies as a researcher:

*bag* *n* one's own quality; one's own skill; one's own talent; one's own
gift; one's specialty; one's own area of expertise; one's job; one's
"thing"; a part of one's personality or make-up. [African origin: Wolof
*baːxɔː* 'to possess one's own quality or gift' (DFW); 'to have (something)
as a customary activity or practice' (JLD) (Wolof standard orthography:
*baaxoo*) *♢* ultimately* from* Wolof *baːx* 'habit'; 'custom';
'tradition'; 'a traditionally done thing' (Wolof standard orthography:
*baax** g-*); *Cf.* Wolof *fekka baxa* 'special'; 'specially'; *ku fekka
baax* 'one who has a specialty'; *mòo ko fekka baax* 'It is his/her
specialty' (DFW)


I'd like to see the field of research into AAV improved, taken more
seriously, and the "Cry Wolof" myth put to rest once and for all.

Please note: If the formatting is lost via the mailing list server, one can
simply go to the Preview document to find the original:
https://www.scribd.com/doc/303169199/Preview-The-Myth-of-Cry-Wolof-and-the-Case-for-Wolof-Etymologies#page=8



On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 7:24 PM, Salikoko S. Mufwene <s-mufwene at uchicago.edu>
wrote:

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> I had no problem with the original link.
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> Sali.
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> On 3/8/2016 10:23 AM, Z Rice wrote:
> > Thanks, Mark; could you please let me know which link is not working for
> > you? I tried all of them, btw, and they work for me. Let me know which
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> > isn't functioning for you and I'll look into it. Thanks.
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> > On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 5:19 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:
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> >> Clicking on that link brings up
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> >> You are not allowed to view this document.
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> >> Mark Mandel
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> >> On Mar 8, 2016 9:20 AM, "Z Rice" <zrice3714 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> Good Morning to All,
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> >>> I recently published a critique on the myth of "Crying Wolof" and a
> study
> >>> on Wolof retentions or "Wolofisms" in the United States. This study
> >>> includes the actual origin of 'hip', along with 'shuck', 'dig' and much
> >>> more.
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> >>> I've made a special document available that allows readers to access a
> >>> preview of the study. Readers can access the preview document by
> clicking
> >>> the following link:
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