ERIC Number: ED456643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Respecting Black English as a Style of Discourse.
Newell, Kavatus R.
This paper offers a brief but comprehensive overview of various issues pertaining to the use and origins of Black English. The purpose of the paper is to help educators understand Black English and celebrate this dialect in class while facilitating the acquisition of Standard English. It holds that Ebonics is a dialect of English with its own set of rules, and is not inferior to Standard English but merely different. Origins are uncertain, but contending theories assert that it is derivative of lower class southern white speech or that it is a creolization of English. (Contains 10 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: National Association of African American Studies & National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies: 2000 Literature Monograph Series. Proceedings (Language Section) (Houston, TX, February 21-26, 2000).