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ERIC Number: ED080011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-28
Pages: 23
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Black English: Two Viewpoints.
Kleederman, Frances
This paper focuses on the two main schools of thought concerning the structure of Black English and its relationship to other dialects. One approach is that of the social dialectologists who claim that Black English shares features and origins of white non-standard Southern speech; the frequency with which specific features occur in actual speech constitutes the dialect differences. On the other side, the Creolists contend that Black English can be traced to pidgin and creole-based systems originating in coastal West African languages; the deep structural differences in Black English represent underlying vestiges of its West African origin. These two viewpoints are considered in their analysis of the verb system of Black English, specifically with respect to the verb "be" and to verb agreement and aspect. The social and educational implications of these theories are also discussed. (VM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Symposium of the Association of New Jersey College and University Professors, Ocean County College, Toms River, New Jersey, April 28, 1973