Obama’s English
Posted: 15 September 2012 08:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Good New York Times article on diversity of speech related to our campaign.

But while racial and ethnic minorities (and working-class whites) must continue to learn “standard” American English — the country’s dominant language — all children surely need to learn to understand and appreciate the nuances of America’s diverse ways of speaking.

example:

Obama: They’re tryna bamboozle you.

Audience response: Yes!

Obama: It’s the same old okey-doke.

Audience: That’s right!

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Posted: 16 September 2012 06:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Interesting piece.

Highlights the importance of being able to operate comfortably in a variety of registers.

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