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This paper states that the language called "Ebonics" is believed to be over 300 years old and that a great deal of the language was created while Black slaves were being brought from Africa to the Americas. Noting that in January of this year the Linguistic Society of America recognized Ebonics as an official language with just as much credibility as English, the paper contends that Ebonics, however, seems to have met with more adversaries than supporters. The paper also contends that, while students should not be told that they can never speak Ebonics, they need to realize that it is not acceptable in many situations. The paper also states that the Secretary of Education, Richard W. Riley, announced that the federal government would not recognize Ebonics as a language nor would school programs advocating its use receive any federal funding from Washington. The paper points out that even though a good portion of the American population speaks Spanish, Spanish will never be fully assimilated or accepted into mainstream culture and concludes that Ebonics will probably meet the same fate. (Contains 9 references.) (CR)

Descriptors: Black Dialects, Blacks, Cultural Context, Elementary Secondary Education, Language Attitudes, Language Standardization, Language Usage, Minority Groups, Spanish











Author: Molesworth, Kevin

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=7300&id=ED409558



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