PREFERRED TERM
African American Vernacular English  
DEFINITION
  • African American Vernacular English (AAVE) has been known by a variety of names: ebonics; black English; African American Language (AAL), also called African American English; black vernacular; black English vernacular (BEV); black vernacular English (BVE); or nonstandard Negro dialect, to name a few. Whatever it is called, studies have estimated that in the late 1960s to early 1970s over 80 percent of Americans of African descent spoke some variety of black English. [Source: Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia; African American Vernacular English]
ENTRY TERMS
  • AAVE
  • ebonics
BELONGS TO GROUP
URI
https://concepts.sagepub.com/social-science/concept/African_American_Vernacular_English
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