This paper examines a group of white speakers in South Philadelphia who exhibit appropriation of African American Vernacular English /TH/-fronting. Speakers with the most antagonistic contact and most aggressive attitudes toward their African American neighbors show the highest rates of /TH/-fronting. This paper argues that appropriation of the African American Vernacular English (AAVE) ethnolect feature of /TH/-fronting has been reanalyzed as a marker of street smarts rather than as a marker of speakers’ affiliations with AAVE speakers.
"Antagonistic Contact and Inverse Affiliation: Appropriation of /TH/-fronting by White Speakers in South Philadelphia,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 20:
2, Article 19.
Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol20/iss2/19