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 (ĭ-bŏn′ĭks, ē′bŏn′-)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
Any of the nonstandard varieties of English spoken by African Americans.

[Blend of ebony and phonics.]
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(Languages) (functioning as singular) US another name for African-American Vernacular English
[C20: from ebony + phonics]
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or e•bon•ics

(ɪˈbɒn ɪks)
n. (used with a sing. v.)
[1970–75, Amer.; b. of ebony and phonics]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Ebonics - 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
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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Ebonics needs to be recognized early in the school experience as a language disorder, and the child needs to receive help early in the school experience to overcome the disability.
Last January, not long after the national furor over the decision by an Oakland school board to recognize "Ebonics," I happened upon a C-SPAN telecast of the awarding of seven Congressional Medals of Honor to black World War II veterans, each of whose "gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life" had been ignored for more than fifty years.
In several other TECHWR-L postings in a thread on the role of Ebonics (also known as Black English) in teaching the standard dialect in some U.S.
Ebonics - by whatever name - is the language many children speak; it can be yet another stumbling block to their success in school.
- "Schoolyard Sages: New York City School Kids Weigh In on Ebonics," The Village Voice
So why are we devoting more time, energy and attention to the debate over Ebonics than we are toward getting black children the exposure to computers and training they need to compete?
The one place where the poor can gain the skills necessary to support themselves - our class rooms - aren't teaching much of anything, while bureaucracies continue to address nonsense such as the legitimacy of theories like ebonics.
Two examples: Beur FM aims at young, second-generation North African immigrants, who have developed a dialect whose relationship to formal French is like that of Ebonics to English; Libertarians listen to Radio Libertaire.
The school board in Oakland has decided to teach black children in "ebonics", which they say is a distinct language used by the descendants of slaves.
From the brief glimpse we get of the black male intelligentsia, it appears to be constructed from the same model as the lost white man who bumbles into a bar in the opening pages, cannot speak or interpret working-class Ebonics, and ends up backing out of the door, confused, ignorant, and threatened.(5) The higher one's level of education and material success, it seems, the whiter one becomes.
The retention of the phonological, phonemic, and morphophonemic features of Africa in Afro-American ebonics (Seminar Series Paper #40).
(347) Gallagher's alternative structure is a refreshing break, an echo of the 1996 Oakland, California school board's resolution recognizing the legitimacy of Ebonics ("Original") and the 1974 CCCC's Students' Right to Their Own Language (see Peckham "Acting Justly"; Parks).