Rap is the music of the street. And now it’s on campus.

Linguist Darin Flynn has created a university linguistics class that puts rap lyrics on the syllabus. What can hip-hop poets tell us about language?

Dr Flynn tells Daniel Midgley all about it on this episode of Talk the Talk.


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Show notes

Who has the largest vocabulary in hip-hop?
http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com

Bill Gates reveals his biggest regret in life: not learning another language
http://www.9news.com.au/technology/2015/01/29/13/17/bill-gates-reveals-his-biggest-regret-in-life

I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech-national-security-technology-and-liberty/i-was-arrested-learning-foreign-language-t

Propaganda poster: “Don’t Speak the Enemy’s Language! Speak American!”

Catholic Church ‘Allah’ appeal shot down in Malaysia
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/01/catholic-church-150121100311536.html

It gets worse. Brunei: Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/february/muslim-nation-bans-christians-words-brunei-malaysia-allah.html

Rap Linguistics .. one of Canada’s coolest classes
http://llc.ucalgary.ca/news/rap-linguistics-one-canadas-coolest-classes

Rap lyrics the topic of new linguistics course at the University of Calgary
http://metronews.ca/news/calgary/1121050/rap-lyrics-the-topic-of-new-linguistics-course-at-the-university-of-calgary/

Rap linguistics course ‘cool’ but challenging
http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-09-22/rap-linguistics-course-cool-challenging

Iggy Azalea v Azalea Banks: Salon writer Brittney Cooper is unhappy about white rappers
http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/iggy_azaleas_post_racial_mess_americas_oldest_race_tale_remixed/

Azealia Banks vs Iggy Azalea: ‘Privileged white people shouldn’t steal hip-hop’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-life/11308082/Azealia-Banks-Vs-Iggy-Azalea-White-people-shouldnt-steal-hip-hop.html

Prayers in a Song | Tall Paul
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61V69jRF5ys

‘Half Asian’? ‘Half White’? No — ‘Hapa’
http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/12/15/370416571/half-asian-half-white-no-hapa

Rhyming orange with Eminem
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRX8sXdCkfo

A couple of poems with rhymes for silver
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.puzzles/7Wkte-kQu3A

To find a rhyme for silver
Or any “rhymeless rhyme”
Requires only will, ver-
bosity and time
–Stephen Sondheim

A woman asked me to rhyme a penguin.
I said, “Does the erstwhile Emperor Eng win?
If not, I’ll send a brand-new tractor
To “Big Boy” Williams, cinemactor;
On the card attached, a smiling penguin
Will say, “You’re truly a man among men, Guinn.”
“All right,” she said, “so now rhyme silver,”
But I left because I’d had my filver.
–Ira Levin

Rap camp is doing well.
http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/rap-camp-revives-and-reclaims-dying-culture-1.2216037

Elsewhere…
Rapping to preserve a nearly extinct Arctic language
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23497131


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Image credit: http://www.ucalgary.ca/utoday/issue/2014-09-22/rap-linguistics-course-cool-challenging