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AAVE: African American Vernacular English
Although many people refer to this variety as "Ebonics", most linguists prefer the term African American English (AAE) or or African American Vernacular English (AAVE). This term serves to place AAVE in the context of the many regional, national, and sociocultural forms of English such as Southern English, British English, Cajun English, and so forth; it also avoids the strong emotions and misunderstandings sometimes associated with the term Ebonics. AAVE has been an important topic of discussion among linguists and the public for almost a half-century now, and is often discussed in sociolinguistics courses. Here, LINGUIST provides a central location for academic resources regarding AAVE for both academia and the public.
RESOLUTIONS BY THE OAKLAND CALIFORNIA SCHOOL BOARD
ACADEMIA'S RESPONSE TO THE 90'S "EBONICS" CONTROVERSY
- Resolution by the Linguistic Society of America on "Ebonics": January 3, 1997
- Dr. William Labov's Testimony to the Senate Appropriations Committee: January 23, 1997.
HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE
- Drs. Walt Wolfram & Benjamin Torbert: Linguistic Legacy of the African Slave Trade
- Dr. John Baugh: Ebony + Phonics
FURTHER SOCIOLINGUISTIC RESOURCES
- Dr. John Rickford: Writings on the "Ebonics" issue.
- Center For Applied Linguistics: African American Vernacular English
- Do You Speak American?
AFRICAN AMERICAN VERNACULAR ENGLISH IN THE 21st CENTURY "No variety of English has been more closely scrutinized over the past half-century than African American English. We have learned much about its historical development and structural description, and its status as a legitimate variety of English is unquestioned. At the same time, it remains embedded in enduring controversy, due no doubt to the sensitivity of race and ethnicity in American society."
-Dr. Walt Wolfram (Sociolinguist), July 2007
DISCUSSIONS ON LINGUIST PERTAINING TO AFRICAN AMERICAN VERNACULAR ENGLISH
December 25, 1996 to Present
- 8.349 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.317 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.285 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.197 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.166 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.165 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.164 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.150 Disc: Ebonics
- Benji Wald, Re: 8.119, Disc: Ebonics
- 8.134 Disc: Ebonics
- W. F. King, Re: 8.110, Disc: Ebonics
- Benji Wald, Re: 8.110, Disc: Ebonics/Linguistics myths
- Kate Gladstone & Andrew Haber, Here's the full text of the L.A. Times anti-Ebonics letter.
- 8.127 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.119 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.110 Disc: Ebonics
- Mari Broman Olsen, Dialect diversity in other countries (was "Ebonics")
- Dan Moonhawk Alford, Re: 8.63, Disc: Ebonics and 'principles'
- Benji Wald, Re: 8.73, Disc: Ebonics
- 8.73 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.63 Disc: Ebonics
Disc: Ebonics: LSA Resolution
- The LINGUIST List, LSA Resolution on Ebonics
Disc: Ebonics: Revised Oakland resolution
- The LINGUIST List, Revised Oakland resolution on Ebonics
- 8.55 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.54 Disc: Ebonics
Disc: Ebonics: Orig. Board Resolution Dec 12
- Peter Farruggio, full text of ebonics resolution
- 8.52 Disc: Ebonics
- Charles J. Fillmore, contributed posting (longish)
- 8.48 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.47 Disc: Ebonics
- 8.17 Qs: Arabic name, Ebonics, Arabic lx
- Peter Farruggio, ebonics