Black English

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Black English

or Black English Vernacular
2. Any of the nonstandard varieties of English spoken by black people throughout the world.
Our Living Language In the United States, Black English usually refers to the everyday spoken varieties of English used by African Americans, especially of the working class in urban neighborhoods or rural communities. (Some linguists use the term African American Vernacular English.) It is an error to suppose that Black English is spoken by all African Americans regardless of their background. In fact, the English spoken by African Americans is highly varied—as varied as the English spoken by any other racial or ethnic group. · Sometimes Black English is used to refer to other varieties of English spoken by black people outside of the United States, as in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.


(or black′) Eng′lish,

1. a dialect of American English spoken by some members of black communities in North America.
2. any of a variety of dialects of English or English-based pidgins or creoles spoken by black people.
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Noun1.Black 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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Ebonics, as a pedagogical position (recently making news when the Oakland School Board suggested that black English be treated as a separate language), encourages teachers to help African-American students translate from the vernacular(s) they speak to the official, more standardized language of this nation.
It is important to note that the women's characterization of "talking like a black woman" was not limited to grammar, phonetics or whether or not a woman uses slang or Black English.
Ince is the first black English manager in the Premier League and believes he is a "shining light" to a lot of people.
A young Black English boy walks up to Ron Dennis, one of the most powerful men in international motor sports, and declares, "I'm going to race for you one day" in Formula One.
I call myself a Black English woman because I was born in this country and feel part of it," she said.
Fellow writers and scholars of English discuss the life, work, and legacy of American poet Jordan (1936-2002) in terms of individual and national identity in a (not so) democratic state, Black English in theory and practice, radicalizing children's lives and literatures, and the art of resistance or poetics politicized.
The honour comes just days after black English players were subjected to racist abuse from Spanish supporters during England's friendly with Spain in Madrid.
Twice is less: Black English and the performance of black students in mathematics and science.
Paul Davis (left), overlooked last week for the position of Arsenal Under-17s coach even though suitably qualified, with his Arsenal colleague of 1987, the late David Rocastle; Cyrille Regis, one of the first wave of black English players; Keith Alexander is one of three current black managers
You begin with your family and the kids on the block, and next you open your eyes to what you call your people and that leads you into land reform into Black English into Angola leads you back to your own bed where you lie by yourself, wondering if you deserve to be peaceful, or trusted or desired or left to the freedom of your own unfaltering heart.
This paper tells the story of a black student at Boston College who had to repeat her student teaching practicum because of her use of Black English.
To show that the problem of non-standard English-based varieties and their status is not purely scientific, McArthur discusses the commotion in the USA concerning Ebonics -- a black English variety recognized as a second language of black pupils at schools in Oakland, California.