African American Vernacular English ( Aave )

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There are several terms in my essay that I want to explain first. Dialect is a form Wang 3 of a language that is spoken in a particular area and that uses some of its own words, grammar, and pronunciations. (Webster Dictionary) African American Vernacular English(AAVE) was often called as Ebonics by Non-linguists. The languages and dialects are noble, which should not be separated by personal biased thought about the race, color, region, religion. However, in 1997, a nation-wide debate about Ebonics took place, which made people aware of the ‘Black English’ for the first time. The fuse of that case was the Oakland, Calif. School board, which claimed that Ebonics was a kind of "genetically-based" language. When they used the word “genetically-based’’, it means that the school separated the African American students from the regular students in a biased way by genetically reason, which like separate the black people and white people. The school even presented their program and funds from the local government about the bilingual education for the Ebonics students which intended to teach these English-speaking students “Standard English”. It showed that they didn’t consider the Ebonics as a dialect of English, but a literally separated language. The people in public made different reactions to that matter, in addition, not only the linguists, but also the Ebonics speakers, the educators and
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