2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Language & Literature

Pop or Soda? Analysis and Comparison of Black English in Chicago vs. St. Louis
Robyn C. Skinner
Dr. Betsy Delmonico, Faculty Mentor

Today, the Midwestern cities of St. Louis and Chicago alike have dialects somewhat exclusive to the areas, especially within the urban communities of African Americans. The latest generation of youths in these regions has developed new styles of speaking that have yet to be examined. This study will analyze the contemporary speech of higher educated African American youths from Chicago and St. Louis, comparing common slang and pronunciation while providing reasons for the differences and similarities in the linguistics.

Keywords: St. Louis, Chicago, dialects, urban communities, African Americans, youths, slang, contemporary speech

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 59-2
Location: VH 1428
Time: 3:00 pm

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