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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As mentioned by a participant, understanding the utilization of African American Vernacular English is a necessary skill for White teachers of African American students.
For instance, slang could be contrasted with colloquialism, non-standard language, vulgarism, taboo, euphemism, jargon, idiom, neologism or dialect, while African American could be compared to African American Vernacular English, Afro-American Vernacular English, Black English Vernacular, Ebonics or Gangsta Talk.
While the use of African American Vernacular English (AAVE) challenges the literacy conventions expected in many academic settings, "traditional" teaching practices have often failed to address this vital matter of language diversity (Hollie, 2001; Moore, 1996; Ogbu, 1999; Wheeler and Swords, 2004).

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