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The Voice of the Voiceless: The use of African American Vernacular English and linguistic discourses in Tupac Shakur's Changes
Högskolan Väst, Institutionen för individ och samhälle, Avd för utbildningsvetenskap och språk.
2019 (Engelska)Självständigt arbete på grundnivå (kandidatexamen), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

Tupac Amaru Shakur was a successful African American musician, poet, and actor most renowned for tackling controversial subject matters in his music as well as using it as a platform to highlight his political opinions and social activism. Tupac used African American Vernacular English (AAVE) in his music. AAVE is a form of English, with its own unique vocabulary, typically spoken in urban communities and historically rooted in the American South.

The aim of this study is to analyse how Tupac uses language to represent the voiceless America. This research essay focuses on answering two sub-questions. First, what topics/discourses does Tupac rap about in the song Changes and second, how is language used to represent these topic/discourses?

Changes, one of Tupac's most prominent song, is studied in a qualitative discourse analysis where AAVE (African American Vernacular English) is in the focus. Also, a minor study is presented in three different tables to compare AAVE words with Standard American (SAE).

The results of this study indicate that AAVE in Tupac's music is purposeful, plays a strong role in his persona, presentation, and can be linked to his political activism. In conclusion, through analyzing Changes, this essay illustrates several examples on how Tupac uses linguistic features to explore several themes and highlight the African American struggle in his society.

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2019. , s. 36
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African American Vernacular English, discourse, representation, political activism, Tupac Shakur
Nyckelord [sv]
Engelska, diskurser, representation, politisk aktivism, språkbruk
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14528Lokalt ID: EON200OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14528DiVA, id: diva2:1359385
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