African-American Vernacular English


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African-American Vernacular English

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(Languages) a dialect of English typically spoken by working-class African-Americans. Abbreviation: AAVE Also called: ebonics
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"The Sentence in African-American Vernacular English." African-American English: Structure, History, and Use, edited by Salikoko Mufwene et al., Routledge, 1998, pp.
The term is derived from African-American vernacular English, and can be traced to its use in the Black Lives Matter movement, which protests the killing of black people and racial inequality.
The study found that, as African-American children moved into lower-poverty areas, they tended to use speech less characteristic of what linguists call African-American Vernacular English. Over time, these children used speech more typical of Standard American English.
Using sociolinguistic parameters, among which ethnicity, language variety and chronology are of utmost relevance, the author investigates how white rappers in the USA make use of linguistic devices traditionally associated with African-American Vernacular English (henceforth AAVE), and thus belong to the domain of black rappers.
Later chapters cover the general American accent, the Midwest, the South, African-American vernacular English, Caribbean and Hispanic accents, urban accents of four major cities, and Canadian English and French accents.

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