This paper discusses the history of Black English beginning in the 17th Century: Pidgin forms, impact of slavery, prejudices, compared to traditional English, dialects, educational obstacles and grammar.
# 21547 | 2,700 words | 5 sources | 1994 |
Published on Mar 02, 2003 in Communication (Language and Speech) , History (General) , African-American Studies (General)
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From the Paper:"Black English is not exactly a "linguistic buffalo," for as children, most of the 35 million Afro-Americans living in the United States depend on this language for their discovery of the world. (What is commonly called English, less and less defers to England, and is no longer a specific matter of geography or an element of class privilege. More than 33 countries use this language as a means of intra-national communication. Countries as disparate as Zimbabwe and Malaysia, or Israel and Uganda, use it as their non-native currency of convenience. Obviously, this tool cannot function inside these countries on the basis of rules and values absolutely determined somewhere else--such as the United States or Britain.
In addition, there are five countries, or 333,746,000 people, for whom English serves as a native tongue."
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