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ERIC Number: ED053136
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 7
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Black English in New York.
Dillard, J. L.
English Record, v21 n4 p114-120 Apr 1971
Black English has existed for a considerable length of time in the North as well as in the South. West African slaves who came to New York in 1625 found a contact language useful and mandatory in order to function in the slave community. The earliest slaves in the New York area may have used Pidgin English, Pidgin Portuguese, or Pidgin French along with their own dialects for a language of wider communication. There are many reasons why Pidgin English would have been the most useful of these closely related languages. Dutch Creoles were very prominent in this early period, and their patois bears a strong resemblance to Pidgin English. Except for a few writers, no one had looked at the language of Black people in Northern cities until the 1960's. It is hoped that a sensible attitude toward Black English, a language with a long and honorable historical background, will be incorporated into the resultant efforts. (CK)
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