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y'all niggas be scramblin, gamblin...: on the use of African American vernacular English in rap lyrics
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many African Americans are a part of the Hip Hop culture – a term which refers to urban youth culture in America. Rap music and rappers are the artistic representative of the Hip Hop culture. The purpose of this essay was to find out if Rap-artists use African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in their lyrics, and if so, which phonological and grammatical features are characteristic of the variety they use. The intention of the essay was also to find out whether there is a difference between how men and women use AAVE in lyrics. Since AAVE is used by so many Black speakers, it is also present in the urban youth culture Hip Hop. Rap music and rappers represent the Hip Hop culture and therefore AAVE is to be found in various rap lyrics. Both phonological and grammatical features appear frequently in the four analysed rap lyrics, although not all AAVE features are represented in the lyrics.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, rap, hip-hop, English, African American Vernacular English
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-44345ISRN: LTU-CUPP--03/003--SELocal ID: 2221f4a8-c3a0-46d5-962e-f34e674b5699OAI: diva2:1017622
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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