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Wednesday, April 27 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Who Gets to Speak Black Language?

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Jessi Grieser will talk about the vibrant, rich variety that is African American Language: the language variety used by many, but not all—and not exclusively!—African Americans in the United States. She’ll explain a bit about its origins, cultural significance, and social meaning, and then talk about the ways it is (mis)represented in social and broadcast media and how both linguists and everyday speakers can effect change in their own and others’ language attitudes.

Hosted by: Professor Toya Wyatt

Zoom passcode: 133961
Zoom Meeting ID: 892 4399 0896

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Dr. Jessi Grieser

Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Tennessee
Jessi Grieser is an associate professor of English Linguistics in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. She researches discourse approaches to the linkages between language and race and place identities, African American Language, and language and gentrification... Read More →

Wednesday April 27, 2022 7:00pm - 8:30pm PDT