american studies AAVE doc

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African American Vernacular English (AAVE)—also called African American English; less precisely Black English, Black Vernacular, Black English Vernacular(BEV), or Black Vernacular English (BVE)—is a variety (dialect, ethnolect, and sociolect) of American English.

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american studies AAVE docAAVEAfrican American Vernacular English(AAVE)also calledAfrican American English; less preciselyBlack English,Black Vernacular,Black English Vernacular(BEV), orBlack Vernacular English(BVE)is avariety(dialect,ethnolect, andsociolect) ofAmerican English, most commonly spoken today by urbanworking-classand largelybi-dialectalmiddle-classAfrican Americans.[1]Non-linguists sometimes call itEbonics(a term that also has other meanings and connotations). It shares parts of itsgrammarandphonologywith thedialects of the Southern United States. Several creolists, including William Stewart, John Dillard, andJohn Rickford, argue that AAVE shares so many characteristics with Africancreoledialects spoken in much of the world that AAVE itself is a creole,[2]while others maintain that there are no significant parallels.[3][4][5][6][7] As with all linguistic forms, its usage is influenced by age, status, topic, and setting. There are many literary uses of this variety of English, particularly inAfrican-American literature.Oakland Ebonics controversyOn December 18, 1996, one California School-board meeting triggered a worldwide media frenzy. The board issued a statement to the effect that it was changing its educational policies with regard to one aspect of the local linguistic situation. They would pay more serious attention to the language spoken at home by most of the districts school student

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