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African American English Dictionary In The Works

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A new research project is aiming to compile the first Oxford Dictionary of African American English. The project is a collaboration between Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Oxford University Press. Linguistics professor Sonja Lanehart explained, "Finally we will have a space that recognizes our language in a way that encompasses all the people within African American language communities. It will be much more expansive and inclusive of the language as opposed to [just] some words here and there. And instead of just defining or spelling the words, the project will also provide some historical context.” 


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