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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.]


(Languages) (functioning as singular) US another name for African-American Vernacular English
[C20: from ebony + phonics]


or e•bon•ics

(ɪˈbɒn ɪks)
n. (used with a sing. v.)
[1970–75, Amer.; b. of ebony and phonics]
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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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).
The Oakland Ebonics controversy in the mid-1990s exemplifies the policy effects of language definition.
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The second chapter, labeled "African American Worldviews: Practical Applications in the First-Year Writing Classroom," is a shift from the conception of Afrocentricity and Ebonics (introduced in the first chapter) to its application vis-a-vis pedagogy.
That George Borden uses ebonics to tell this story is significant.
She had some strong material, but for me, the funniest part of her set was her terrible accent impressions and use of Ebonics to reference US rap culture, classic stuff there Mary
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Her more extensive, postmodern language games, most notably Ebonics and Elemeno, indicate other radical ways that characters manipulate language to characterize then transcend moments of crises.
America's beloved, avuncular comedian, of course, played all this for laughs, but Cosby has given every indication that he lacks the sophistication to distinguish between so-called ebonics and Gullah and, further, that even if he grasped the distinctions, he would be unpersuaded of Gullah's value.