Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect, Ann Friedman, Jamelle Bouie, and Gabriel Arana discuss the phenomenon of “extended adolescence” for those in their 20s, the oil-drilling moratorium’s impact on jobs, and new restrictions being placed on abortion in Alaska.
To chime in on Jamelle's post about the DEA's effort to hire Ebonics speakers, I'd like to point out that African American Vernacular English (AAVE) -- like all languages and dialects -- doesn't just refer to vocabulary differences. For some background: Linguistic differences tend to arise when groups are socially isolated. Over time, these difference can diverge so much from the original they are considered a different dialect or language (the litmus test is mutual intelligibility, so depending on whom you talk to, AAVE is either a dialect of English or a separate language).
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alexander Johnson, an incoming platoon leader with Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, takes notes while visiting with Afghan farmers and community leaders near Combat Outpost Monti, Afghanistan.