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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The book was republished in 1962 by a small press; I happened to grab hold of a copy and instantly fell into the dream of its "Mississippi," a marriage of James Joyce and ghetto English and Yiddish of the Lower East Side.