Episode 9 — Transcribing Into AAVE
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 11:00 PM
Yo, what up race cars and z-cast listeners! Jon Daly is here to figure out if it’s racist to transcribe conversations into African American Vernacular English with misspellings or is it racist to disregard these features and translate it to “proper” English. Ask us more academic questions at 323-389 RACE.
Posted 11 October 2012 - 07:38 PM
Why is it okay to write/transcibe in AAVE if its academic sociology/some famous creative person like David Simon and not in other cases? These hosts aren't the best at explaining the reasoning behind something & making it make sense
I'm assuming they mean it like:
David Simon/Scripts - People speak that way, and if that's how you want your script to be read you have to write in slang.
Academia - There are plenty of ebonics/vernacular/slang classes, and classes that study how language changes over time. Slang in a class like that is very important.
In the case of a court stenographer, or an FBI intelligence conversation logger. They should write in proper English. It'd be a madhouse if you wrote in slang because there is no Webster's defined spelling for certain words, and 50 year old white cops/judges/etc. would have to read and understand what happened.
Personally, I don't believe typing a certain way can be racist.