African American English
- Stacy A. S. Williams
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African-American English (AAE) is the term often used by linguists to define a variety of English spoken by most African-Americans.
AAE has been identified by several idioms in the research literature that are indicative of the socio-political and cultural climate of the time. For example, during the Black power movement in the 1970s, the term Black English or Dialect was often used to describe Black speech. In the nineties, the term Ebonics was used to define the language of some in the African-American community . The thrust of the Ebonics debate in the mainstream media was a by-product of the Oakland School District in California’s decision to validate the home language of many of its African American students. The Oakland School District’s goals were to increase achievement and to address the media’s lack of understanding of the language ...
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- African American English
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- Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development
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- 481. Department of Psychology MS 2C6, George Mason University
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