deliberate misspellings

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Mar 26 23:15:32 UTC 2001

Look at Journal of Sociolinguistics 4/4, a special issue on
nonstandard orthography.


>Has anyone written about deliberate misspellings and letter
>substitutions, especially in Hip Hop-influenced culture? I'm not
>asking about "eye dialect" (at least I don't think I am), but
>rather, for example, about substituting Z for S (skillz, boyz) and
>other kinds of respellings (stoopid, sucka). Companies have been
>doing this for years to gain attention (from Beanz Meanz Heinz to
>Miller Lite), but has anyone looked into the history of deliberate
>misspellings in Hip Hop and possibly in earlier AAVE?

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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