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Yorkville Crossing: White teens, hip hop and African American English


Cecilia A. Cutler Linguistics Department, New York University, 719 Broadway, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003, U.S.A.


This case study focuses on a white upper middle class New York City teenager who employed linguistic features of African American Vernacular English (AAVE). It describes some of these features, discusses their origins, and explores the complex dynamics of identification with hip hop, a youth subculture involving the consumption of rap music, baggy clothes and participation in activities like break dancing, writing graffiti and rapping.