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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Promo with Em Burrows
Who has the largest vocabulary in hip-hop?
Bill Gates reveals his biggest regret in life: not learning another language
I Was Arrested for Learning a Foreign Language. Today, I Have Some Closure.
Propaganda poster: “Don’t Speak the Enemy’s Language! Speak American!”
Catholic Church ‘Allah’ appeal shot down in Malaysia
It gets worse. Brunei: Muslim Nation Bans Christians from Using 19 Religious Words
Rap Linguistics .. one of Canada’s coolest classes
Rap lyrics the topic of new linguistics course at the University of Calgary
Rap linguistics course ‘cool’ but challenging
Iggy Azalea v Azalea Banks: Salon writer Brittney Cooper is unhappy about white rappers
Azealia Banks vs Iggy Azalea: ‘Privileged white people shouldn’t steal hip-hop’
Prayers in a Song | Tall Paul
‘Half Asian’? ‘Half White’? No — ‘Hapa’
Rhyming orange with Eminem
A couple of poems with rhymes for silver
To find a rhyme for silver
Or any “rhymeless rhyme”
Requires only will, ver-
bosity and time
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.
Rap camp is doing well.
Rapping to preserve a nearly extinct Arctic language
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