African American Vernacular English


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African American Vernacular English

n. Abbr. AAVE
The set of vernacular or nonstandard varieties of English spoken by working-class African Americans and often by other African Americans in informal contexts. See Note at Black English.
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Noun1.African American Vernacular English - a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
American English, American language, American - the English language as used in the United States
gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
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She say, She go, She be like: Verbs of Quotation Over Time in African American Vernacular English.
My response to them was that this sentence in African American Vernacular English (AAVF) revealed much more about this teacher's relationship with her student than would the statement "I have known her for ten years.
Instead, they provide annotations in which the editors clarify certain words that have special meanings in African American Vernacular English, especially as those meanings change over time (Gates and McKay xl).

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