Hip Hop Club: Steven Gilbers To Discuss 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, East & West Coast Flow
Thursday, January 18, 2018 3:15 PM
Steven Gilbers is a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at New York University working with Professor Renee Blake and a Ph.D candidate at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. Gilbers' research is in linguistics specifically in the areas of phonology, phonetics, sociolinguistics and African American English. His research is on regional accents within African American English where he aims to discern the cognitive and sociolinguistic factors that attribute to the evolution of an individual's accent over time. Gilbers uses Hip Hop as a catalyst to not only study regional variation, but to access regional identities that are formed through hip hop.
Steven Gilbers will discuss how East Coast and West Coast AAE differ from each other in terms of vowel duration and prosody as well as how these differences are reflected in the rap styles associated with both regions. Moreover, I will discuss how Tupac “2Pac” Shakur – a native New Yorker – acquired a West Coast AAE accent, and how his second dialect acquisition trajectory was influenced by his role in the East Coast/West Coast hip-hop war of the 1990s.
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