Ebonics

Charles Brown CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us
Thu Dec 27 14:37:20 MST 2001



>>> mertz at gnosis.cx 12/27/01 02:40PM >>>

But the actual Oakland thing went farther than this.  The name "ebonics"
itself was perhaps slightly silly.  But that's fine.  More to the point,
the resolution contained some nonsense like claiming the Ebonics was
grammatically based on African languages rather than on English.  But
that belief, while having a certain cultural cache, is not at all how
pidgin/creolization operates.  In syntax, AAVE is an Anglo-Saxon
dialect; the African influences are in lexical and phonetic features.
Every ALA member knows this much (and I do also).

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CB: What you say here is a little unclear, because linguistics includes both syntactical ,and lexical and phonetic features as part of grammar. The distinctive features of phonology are part of grammar, for example. So, your statement would not contradict the resolution on this point but support it.

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