Friday, December 07, 2007

A peculiar evolution

Following on from our work on Language and Representation and the use and abuse of "the n-word" the other week, Michael in D block AS Language sent me these links to Def Jam Poetry videos on You Tube, the best of which (in my opinion) is Dahlak Brathwaite's Peculiar Evolution which contains this tongue-twisting and mind-bending analysis of the word "nigger":
a word used to exclude is now exclusively used by the excluded, and with it excluding its original excluders, who use the slang to now gain inclusion into the group their group wanted to be removed from
You get a better idea of what he's on about by watching it
here.

And these other links are worth a look too: Julian Curry and Red Storm.

Useful for:
ENA1 - Language & Representation

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