Fwd: Re: British Black English (was: "as such")

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 14 21:30:16 UTC 2010

At 9:16 PM +0000 2/14/10, Damien Hall wrote:
>>>From Wilson.
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com>
>Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 16:04:21 -0500
>Subject: Re: British Black English (was: "as such")
>To: djh514 at york.ac.uk
>I've always realized that Gene McDaniels was black. OTOH, I was
>surprised to discover that Roy "The Houston Flash" Head and Tony Joe
>White were *not* black, nor did I realize that Lenny Welch and Ray
>Sharpe *were* black, till long after the time of their popularity.
>Youneverknow. Though, mostly, you do.

And even Joaquin Andujar wouldn't have nominated "youdon'talwaysknow"
as his favorite word in the English language.


>On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 8:05 AM, Damien Hall <djh514 at york.ac.uk> wrote:
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>>Subject:      British Black English (was: "as such")
>>>From Tom.
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>>From: Tom Zurinskas <truespel at hotmail.com>
>>To: <djh514 at york.ac.uk>
>>Subject: RE: British Black English (was: "as such")
>>Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2010 12:56:02 +0000
>>If you listen to Gene McDaniel's old hits, you'd never figure him
>>from his voice as a black man.  I just realized that yesterday, 50
>>years later.  From wikipedia...
>>McDaniels grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and went on to have six Top
>>40 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The two that went into the
>>Top 5 were 1961's "Tower of Strength" (#5 on the pop chart) and "A
>>Hundred Pounds of Clay," the latter of which reached #3 on the pop
>>chart, and sold over one million records, earning gold disc
>>I wonder if kids today could identify the black singers from the
>>white singers in 60's music when they don't know the singers?
>>Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL7+
>>see truespel.com phonetic spelling
>>Damien Hall
>>University of York
>>Department of Language and Linguistic Science
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