Accent and identity (Awkwafina's disappearing blaccent)

Awkwafina (Nora Lum, an Asian-American rapper/actress) has been accused of making use of the AAVE to her benefit and dropping it when she's going more mainstream in recent years - I think this is a great example of how one can use accents to construct different social identities. This also reminds me of the Benor/Eckert article on ethnolect and indexicality.

Posted by Christy Lei on April 26, 2021

African American Language

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