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1. Foreword–John Baugh
2. Preface: Real Talk–H. Samy Alim
3. Shout Outs
4. Introduction: You Know My Steez
5. Designing Sociolinguistic Research On Speech Style
6. How The Other Half Speaks: Ethnosensitivity And The Shifting Roles Of The Researcher
7. "This Is Corporate America Takin Over": Schooling, Survival, And The Sociohistorical Context Of Life In The Occupied Territories
8. We Some Baaaddddd Styleshifters: The Copula In Stylistic Variation
9. Our Steelo Switch Up: Third-Person Singular -S, Possessive -S, And Plural -S Absence
10. We Be Word Sorcerers: Invariant Be And The Equative Copula In BL
11. It Take Two To Make A Thing Go Riiiiight: Examining Interaction In The Coconstruction Of Style
12. The Gentrification Of Speech And Speakers: Black Language In White Public Space
13. Appendix A: Transcript Of One Semistructured Conversation
14. Appendix B: Ssc Questions: Hiphopography Conversations
15. Appendix C: Coding Keys
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The 2004 Publication of the American Dialect Society, You Know My Steez is the culmination of nearly four years of direct study and hands-on experience by a teacher-researcher and active community member in the working-class suburb of Sunnyside, California. Focusing on the language and linguistic practices of students at Haven High School, an ethnically and linguistically diverse school, the author examines both the internal linguistic constraints and the external social constraints (race, gender, and cultural literacy, among others) that shape speech styles, particularly among Black male and female hiphoppers. Contributing to the development of a more refined methodological approach to the study of linguistic styleshifting, the author integrates the study of sociolinguistic variation, interactional analysis (the use of discourse analysis to examine the implicit rules and roles that govern social interaction), and ethnographic fieldwork to develop a deeper understanding of how, when, and why speakers shift their styles.
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