The N Word

  title={The N Word},
  author={Jacquelyn Rahman},
  journal={Journal of English Linguistics},
  pages={137 - 171}
Despite the general societal ban on use of forms of nigger, a variant finds continued acceptance among some members of the African American community for intragroup self-reference. The present research employs quantitative and qualitative analysis of data from narratives by African American comedians to show that a variant of nigger that developed in the early African American community persists in the lexicon of African American English because it conveys a social meaning that is foundational… 

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