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Category Code-Meshing in the Real World

Here you will find examples of code-meshing in pop culture ranging from TV sitcoms to hip-hop music, from advertisements to Broadway musicals. There are also literary examples whose authors reflect on their heritage and foreground their language under the pressure of the dominant language and discourse.

We’ve also found some examples of code-meshing where you might least expect it, such as in ethnic cookbooks and TED-talks. Code-meshing may even be found in presidential greetings!

Please note that the items appear in alphabetical order according to the short title, across several pages. Please explore!

“Afro-Vegan”

Terry, B (2014). Afro-vegan, Farm-fresh African, Caribbean & Southern flavors remixed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1607745313 E.g., Names of the dishes of African, Caribbean, and Southern soul food origins–chermula, dukkah, kelewele, maque choux, and tamales–in the… Continue Reading →

“Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures”

Michaelis, S. M., Maurer, P., Haspelmath, M., Huber, M. (eds.) (2013). Atlas of Pidgin and Creole Language Structures Online. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Learn more at apics-online.info

“Beautiful Tomorrow”

Park Hyo Shin 박효신. (2016). Beautiful tomorrow. From the album I am a dreamer. Seoul: Glove Entertainment. Examples of English phrases incorporated into the main Korean lyrics can be found in 6 of the 12 songs in this album. “Beautiful… Continue Reading →

“Between the World and Me”

Coates, T-N. (2015). Between the World and Me. New York: Spiegel & Grau. Find the book here: worldcat.org/isbn/0812993543 An excerpt: That was the same summer that the killer of Trayvon Martin was acquitted, the summer I realized that I accepted that there… Continue Reading →

“Beyond the Rice Fields”

Naivo, (2017) Beyond the rice fields (A.M. Charette, Trans.) New York, NY: Restless Books. Find this book at worldcat.org/isbn/1632061317

“Borderlands/La frontera”

Anzaldúa, G. (1987). Borderlands/La frontera: the New Mestiza. San Francisco: Aunt Lute. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1879960850

“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao”

Díaz, J. (2007). The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead. Find the book at worldcat.org/isbn/1594483299

Chance the Rapper

You can watch a feature about Chance the Rapper, ‘Music Mogul Chance the Rapper on Changing the Music Industry’ by ABC news here. And/or you can read an article by Chicago Reader, ‘The Year Chicago Hip-hop Beat the Haters,’ here.

“A Different World”

Werner, T. (Producer). Shakespeare translation [Television sitcom episode]. A different world.

“Do You Speak American?”

Do you speak American? (2005). PBS. Find the website here.

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