Baugh named to the board of the Oxford Dictionary of African American English – The Source
John Baugh, Margaret Bush Wilson Professor of Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed to the advisory board of the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of African American English (ODAAE).
The initial phase of the project will last three years and is expected to be released in 2025.
Baugh, who is also a professor of psychology and brain sciences, anthropology, education, English, linguistics, and African and African American studies, all in arts and sciences, conducts interdisciplinary research, s drawing heavily on related work in the fields of anthropology, ethnography, linguistics and sociology. His research has for decades focused on African American English (AAE), its history, and its influence on other American dialects.
He recently spoke about the project and the history and importance of AAE on Wisconsin Public Radio.
“The linguistic contributions of the descendants of American slaves to American English have been considerable, but they are often overlooked or devalued,” Baugh said. “The Oxford Dictionary of African American English will honor this overlooked linguistic heritage and do so with exacting scholarly rigor.”
Baugh will join a team of lexicographers and researchers who will together apply “the depth and rigor of OED’s historical methodology” to the ODAAE, according to its website. The project aims to be the definitive reference for information on the meaning, pronunciation, spelling, usage, and history of AAE words.