[Ads-l] Media query: "Today Show" looking for in-person slang expert for LA

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at MST.EDU
Thu Feb 5 23:25:53 UTC 2015

Well, if it's important to contact an expert, and she can't find one in LA, there's always the possibility of a video hook-up. News organizations do this all the time. 
G. Cohen 
Fred Shapiro wrote, Thursday, February 05, 2015 4:31 PM:
Why is it no problem if people are not in LA, if the producer is specifically looking for someone in LA?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Fred Shapiro
From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Cohen,
 Gerald Leonard [gcohen at MST.EDU]
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2015 4:36 PM
Subject: Re: Media query: "Today Show" looking for in-person slang expert for LA
Tom Dalzell would be good. He's in Berkeley, California. John Lighter too, 
of course. Likewise Connie Eble.  I'm sure I'm missing a few other outstanding possibilities.
Btw, the above experts on slang aren't in LA, but that should be no problem.
Gerald Cohen
 Grant Barrett wrote, Thursday, February 05, 2015 3:03 PM:
Fellow American Dialect Society members: Please contact the producer
below if you are qualified and interested in helping. Please also
forward this to any reputable linguists or lexicographers who may be
able to help.


I'm a digital producer with NBC News/TODAY Show, and we're
doing a
segment for TODAY.com about the use of slang. In a nutshell, we're
looking for someone who can talk about how we use slang, why we use it
etc. Examples of what we're looking at include 't be a hater,'
basic, turnt.
I was wondering if there's a expert in the LA area who could talk to
this topic. I saw a few people on your page who have the background
we're looking for, but didn't see anyone in LA.
Let me know if there's someone who comes to mind.


Elyse Perlmutter
NBC News Original Video
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