Why y'all so country? Exploring Mississippi's Language





Them: You so country!








If you’ve been plugging into 'Sipp Talk, (trust us we’ve seen you

lurking us on the gram, we ain’t mad) then you’ve seen the

running glossary called the Sipptionary. It’s easy to scroll past it

and think of it as only slang, or as broken improper English


…but it’s not.


It’s a cultural beacon that highlights the history of Mississippi

and its people. The U.S. census reports that out of the nearly

2.98 Million people that call Mississippi home over 37% are in

fact black.





That means that folks here speak a form of English called

AAVE (pronounced Ah-vey), or African-American Vernacular

English. In their article “AAVE Is For Black People and Black

People Only” Affinity magazine defines AAVE as, “a variety of

American English, most commonly spoken today by urban

working-class and largely bi-dialectal middle-class African-

Americans.” Long story short, it’s the way that black folks talk,

and its not just a way to sound cool. It’s a way to share in

cultural heritage rooted in oral history by linking the past and

present while creating a new future.



For Mississippi that means that when you hear a native speak

with that twang and drawl that its not an indication of ignorance

or stupidity, instead it’s a sign of the history and artistry of story

telling found only in populations like Mississippians. It’s the

way we weave our words together and the regional dialects that

illuminate our heritage of making a little into a lot.


If you want to learn more about how and why we sound so

southern, so flavorful, so smooth, and so…. Mississippi then

follow Sipp Talk to get all things home grown and take a peek at

Sipptionary to get the best examples of Mississippi linguistic

flare!


With gumption,

The Sipp


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