ERIC Number: ED103863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Black English: Africanisms in Western Culture.
Ginn, Doris O.
The topic of black dialect, a timely concern in education and society, should include an understanding of the relationship between language and culture and an understanding of the differences within ethnic and environmental influences contributing to linguistic diversity. Characteristics in black dialect which reflect its descent from African pidgin are evident in its African-based syntax, especially the verb system. A good example of black English as a dialect with a structure and origin of its own may be seen in Gullah, a language spoken by isolate blacks in the Carolina sea islands. The accusation that black dialect is a sloppy, careless speech must be refuted, but speakers of black dialect should be taught to be bidialectal in order to be prepared to function effectively in middle American society. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (26th, St. Louis, Missouri, March 13-15, 1975)