Henry Louis Gates Jr. Leads Efforts For Black English Dictionary

In the next several years, a new African-American English Dictionary will make its way to the press.
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In the next several years, a new African-American English Dictionary will make its way to the press.

Oxford University Press and Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research announced the launch of the three-year research project in June with the goal of compiling the Oxford Dictionary of African American English (ODAAE).

It will be compiled by a team of researchers and editors and spearheaded by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., director of the Center and Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Funded partly by grants from the Mellon and Wagner Foundations, upon its completion it will represent the first comprehensive source of African-American English that has significantly influenced the development of English vocabulary, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. Read more.

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