deliberate misspellings

leslie savan savan at EROLS.COM
Thu Mar 29 01:55:59 UTC 2001

Dennis R. Preston wrote:
> Look at Journal of Sociolinguistics 4/4, a special issue on
> nonstandard orthography.
> dInIs
> >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
> preston at
> Office: (517)353-0740
> Fax: (517)432-2736
Thanks for the tip (the most useful one in the bunch). Is that 4/4 2001?
Also, I'm having a little trouble tracking this journal down--any idea
where it's published? (My local library couldn't find it on an initial
computer search.)
      Thanks again....Leslie Savan

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