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 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.
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.
This finding reveals a cyclic pattern in the use of African-American vernacular English that no one expected to see during children's language development," said Janneke Van Hofwegen, a research associate at NC State and co-author of the study.
This patterned reaction is particularly robust in the case of African-American Vernacular English (AAVE).
Through a comparison of two articles from the print version of Essence magazine, which uses Standard English almost exclusively, with two articles taken from its online version, which uses liberal codeswitching between Standard English and African-American Vernacular English, I analyze both the stylistic choices contained in the magazine's two versions and the discourse in which they are situated.

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