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ERIC Number: ED083655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 12
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Black English: A Community Language.
Davis, France A.
Black English, the particular variation of the English language used by many American Negroes, is frequently condemned as inferior to standard English by arbiters of language usage, but many Negroes find the structures and style of black English satisfactory for their communication needs. Black English is the result of a complex, developmental history, emerging from the primarily verbal intercommunication prevalent in the early culture of English-speaking Negroes. Because of its history and its usefulness, black English has earned a legitimate place in the American culture and educational system. The author argues that since black English is the usage most frequently practiced by the largest racial minority group in the United States and since it has a consistent linguistic structure, such language usage can no longer be ignored in academic studies of American language or in the curricula of American schools. (CH)
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