African American English Language

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“AAVE” is an acronym used for African American Vernacular English. There is a variety of names for the specific term such as “AAE” African American English, or “BE” Black English and also” BEV” Black English Vernacular. In our community they are often interpreted as “bad English” “ebonics” . This is a combination of two words, ebony and phonics actually it is a coinage and it was created back in 1973. Despite being considered already bad, it has now turned into a ghetto talk (slur) and the “blackaccent” the accent of the black people that national public radio tend to prefer to use. This language is absolutely misunderstood due to the fact that it contains a full fledged grammar with detailed rules and it has the ability as a language…show more content…
The analysis of the study shows that the African- Americans during the 17th and 19th century toward the white settler many dialects that existed in the Southern American colonies that existed at the time. The black people who lived in America needed to use the language as a tool in their everyday life in order to communicate. As a result of that they acquired the language and transformed it adding their own elements in it so they can speak it easier. The study admits that AAVE was not a creole but a reconstruction of the dialects that existed in the southern colonials . The main three factors that AAVE was never a creole are: First, plenty of attributes such as “negative copula/perfect ain't, invariant don't, negative concord” were absorbed into the AAVEE without the slightest change from settlers dialects. This also was the case with a few phonological letters for example , “of /n/ for /ng” in participles and gerunds. Second, there is a majority of language features that are not complete. That happened because of their half…show more content…
The actual meaning of Ebonics is “ black speech” and that comes from two words Ebony and phonics which is a blend of two words. The term was created in 1973 by a group of black scholars who did not consider the Nonstandard Negro English which how it was called until then, respectful for their race. At that time black people began studying and going to universities as well and they were capable of taking actions. Despite their efforts, nobody accepted the change and continued calling the language “NNE”. However a positive situation showed up in December of 1996 when the Oakland (CA) School Board proclaimed it as the language that African Americans students spoke and attempted to teach them the academic or at least average English language. When linguistics want to mention the AAVE they refer to it either as “Black English” or as African American English (AAE) ,or as AAVE that is more polite. Theoretically scholars who prefer to emphasize the nationality of the black Americans and correlate their speech with countries such as Nigeria, Jamaica etc. Nevertheless, the most common term to use is the Ebonics. (Rickford, 2012)
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