American Rap Lyrics Essay

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Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan State University of the name Sh. Ualikhanov Kuttybaeva D. Linguistics specifics of American rap lyrics SENIOR THESIS Kokshetau 2014 Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan State University of the name Sh. Ualikhanov «Admitted to defense» Candidate of Pedagogical sciences, Associate Professor Head of the department of Theory and Practice of Foreign languages, ___________ SENIOR THESIS Theme: Linguistic specifics of American rap lyrics Completed by | | | | | | Supervised by | | Kokshetau 2014 Contents Introduction 3 1. The rhetoric of rap 5 1.1 The anthology of rap 5 1.2 The origin and features of American rap lyrics 17 1.3 Grammatical features of African American Vernacular English 21 1.4 Rhythmic textsetting 29 2. Features of African American Vernacular English 35 2.1 AAVE features in black rappers’ lyrics 35 2.2 AAVE features in white rapper’s lyrics 43 2.3 White Rappers’ Negotiation of Race and Identity 48 2.4 White Skin, Black Voices? 55 2.5 Rap Vocality 58 Conclusion 63 Bibliography 63 Appendix 63 Introduction Language reflects the society in which the speaker lives. This is a common notion amongst linguists all over the world. Language is a social phenomenon and different varieties of a language have more or less prestige than others. Music has been a way for people to express themselves for centuries, and language and lyrics are essential in the process of expressing feelings, emotions and opinions through music. When it comes to rap, the style of delivering lyrics in hip hop music, it has been dominated by black performers ever since it was introduced as a new music genre in the 1970s, and the language of hip hop music is marked by African Americans and the language many black citizens in

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