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African American Colonialism: An Analysis

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Colonialism gave rise to various social constructions of race and language identity in American society. For instance, “the standardization of the English language created monoglossic language ideologies, which idealized monolingualism in relation to a standard national language that all national subjects would aspire to follow” (Flores & Rosa 2015). The use of standard English in educational and institutionalized settings had stigmatized minority language groups, including members of African American English (AAE). AAE became widely discriminated against in having supposed deficiencies or mistakes in the way the language was spoken (Reyes 2007). Naturally, AAE is defined as another variety of spoken English. However, the increasing influence
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