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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Both previous research and anecdotal evidence suggest that speakers with stronger AAVE accents are stigmatized to a greater degree than speakers with moderate AAVE accents.
Listeners rated speakers with strong AAVE accents both less attractive and less status-possessing than speakers with moderate AAVE accents, who in turn were rated as less attractive and status-possessing than speakers with MUSE accents.
These data demonstrated that listeners rated speakers with strong AAVE accents lower in attractiveness and lower in status than speakers with MUSE accents.