dig-the-booty

by David Harper on September 2, 2010

Slavs and Tatars, "Dig the booty”¦," 2009, Vacuum-formed plastic;  Dig the booty”¦ was one of two pieces conceived in homage to the devastating changes of the Azeri alphabet. Transliteration—converting text from one alphabet to another, in most cases from a non-Latin alphabet to the Latin one used by English—is to some extent the black sheep of language and linguistics: it's considered cheap, uneducated and almost dirty. Yet it remains a necessary practice to deciphering foreign languages. Dig the Booty”¦ demonstrates the collision or mash-up of two very different registers of language: a kind of solemn erudition on one hand and raw street slang on the other.

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