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The Problem With Mumble Rap: Stigmatization of Variant Production in Contemporary Mainstream Hip-Hop

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dc.contributor.advisor Washington, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author Abraham, Elsher
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-29T16:05:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-29T16:05:19Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10066/20000
dc.description.abstract In this thesis I will argue that the term "Mumble Rap" fails to function as an accurate descriptor ofa new generation of mainstream American hip-hop artists, instead being used to mainly disparage its artists, sounds, and ideologies. In doing so, I will attempt to refute the unfair criticisms of those that do not care for this new wave of hip-hop. I will show that Mumble Rap is not used to describe any sort of linguistic property and that this perception of so-called mumbling is simply a phonetic phenomenon that is fairly common throughout any given language. By using language stigmatization models, explanations for the misguided usage of the term and the criticisms of naysayers will be offered. Additionally, I will question the importance of intelligibility in hip-hop music by offering different means of extracting semantic value from an utterance. Ultimately, the unfair stigmatization of these artists will be made clear. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Swarthmore College. Dept. of Linguistics en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Full copyright to this work is retained by the student author. It may only be used for non-commercial, research, and educational purposes. All other uses are restricted.
dc.title The Problem With Mumble Rap: Stigmatization of Variant Production in Contemporary Mainstream Hip-Hop en_US
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