You Know My Steez: An Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Study of Styleshifting in a Black American Speech Community / Edition 1

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The 2004 Publication of the American Dialect Society, You Know My Steez is the culmination of nearly four years of direct study and hands-on experience by a teacher-researcher and active community member in the working-class suburb of Sunnyside, California. Focusing on the language and linguistic practices of students at Haven High School, an ethnically and linguistically diverse school, the author examines both the internal linguistic constraints and the external social constraints (race, gender, and cultural literacy, among others) that shape speech styles, particularly among Black male and female hiphoppers. Contributing to the development of a more refined methodological approach to the study of linguistic styleshifting, the author integrates the study of sociolinguistic variation, interactional analysis (the use of discourse analysis to examine the implicit rules and roles that govern social interaction), and ethnographic fieldwork to develop a deeper understanding of how, when, and why speakers shift their styles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822366089
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: American Speech: A Quarterly of Linguistic Usage
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface : real talk
Shout outs
1 Introduction : you know my steez 1
2 Designing sociolinguistic research on speech style 14
3 How the other half speaks : ethnosensitivity and the shifting roles of the researcher 39
4 "This is corporate America takin over" : schooling, survival, and the sociohistorical context of life in the occupied territories 78
5 We some BaaaddDDD styleshifters : the copula in stylistic variation 141
6 Our steelo switch up : third-person singular -s, possessive -s, and plural -s absence 161
7 We be word sorcerers : invariant be and the equative copula in BL 173
8 It take two to make a thing go riiiiight : examining interaction in the coconstruction of style 191
9 The gentrification of speech and speakers : black language in white public space 231
App. A Example transcript of one semistructured conversation 249
App. B SSC questions : hiphopography conversations 286
App. C Coding keys 290
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