New Collaboration: The Oxford Dictionary of African American English

This is our language. This is the way we speak. It’s worthy of celebrating. It’s important to write down. It’s important to record. 

Us trying to carry on that tradition is social justice in a way.

Bianca Benbow, Lexicographer at Oxford University Press

Hear from experts and scholars from the Oxford English Dictionary and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Studies at Harvard about their forthcoming project – The Oxford Dictionary of African American English.

The dictionary documents the evolution of African American English and its influence on American English and pop culture across the globe, using a combination of in-depth scholarly research and crowd-sourced material. The dictionary is set to be released in 2025.

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