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Lexicographers and linguists are working on a dictionary of African American English

The group of lexicographers and linguists working on the Oxford Dictionary of African American English has released a sneak peek at some of the words that will be in the dictionary.

Among the entries: old school, kitchen and cakewalk. The full dictionary is expected to be released in spring 2024.

Sonja Lanehart is a professor of linguistics in education at the University of Arizona, and a member of the advisory board for the Oxford Dictionary of African-American English. The Show spoke with Lanehart about what’s different about this effort than similar ones in the past.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.