• Oppressive Force Standard English
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    "Oppressive Forces " Amy Tan's "Mother Tongue" and James Baldwin's "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?" discusses the power in language and how it is defined as a tool for communication but is used to shape people's perception of others. Both Tan and Baldwin state that language is used as an oppressive force that doesn't properly acknowledge minorities and the lack of proficiency in "standard" English doesn't allow them to participate with society equally. Within Baldwin's...
  • Ebonics Black English
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    Ebonics, or Black English, was recently a controversial topic in the United States, when the Oakland School District school board attempted to classify ebonics as a completely different language from Standard American English (SAE). There was further controversy when the school board stated that ebonics was genetic. This report will explain Ebonics and its origin, as well as the Oakland school board case. There are over 20 million blacks in the United States today. It is hard to tell exactly how...
  • Jordan's Jargon Standard English
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    June Jordan is a profound writer and spokesperson for Black Americans. Her views on the dialect called Black English, however, are quite arrogant and egotistical. Granted, the acknowledgment of other dialects in the United States is beneficial. Her views that it should be taught as separate English and possibly recognized as another standard English language, is far too impractical and selfish. Much like white teenagers have their own jargon, Black English is just another informal way of communi...
  • Ebonics In Schools African American
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    Ebonics in Schools Many black individuals have played their part in America's history. Hast he Oakland School gone too far by wanting to teach a black slang language in school. In this paper, you will see the peoples, teachers, and the student " so pinion as well as the Senate. A lot of people are speaking out on the subject, especially actors. Arsenic Hall replied to reporters "When I heard somebody from Oakland say the word genetic, on TV, I ran into the kitchen so I didn't have to be mad at a...
  • Ebonics 3 Black English
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    This week s reading about race questioned the common idea of what race is. Most people would think of race as a physical, concrete identity stemming from ancestry. Superficial qualities, such as skin color, dominate the common views of race. Fields, however, throws out the idea of race being a concrete entity, and instead says that race is purely ideological. It is something brought about by social issues and concerns, and is entirely socially and historically constructed as an ideology in a way...
  • Black English Language African Slaves
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    The history of Black English in the United States is complex and even today only partly understood. Black English is also referred to as Black language, African American Vernacular English, Black English Vernacular or Vernacular Black English, Ebonics, African American English, "the language of soul," and "the shuffling speech of slavery." There has been much controversy over the history of Black English and how it came about. Many linguists trace the development of Black English back to the tim...
  • The Who What And Where Of Standard English
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    The Who, What, and How of Standard English What is Standard English? It is the variety of English that is generally acknowledged as the model for the speech and writing of educated speakers. People who speak Standard English are often understood by people who speak different dialects. In recent years, however, the term has more often been used to distinguish the speech and writing of middle-class educated speakers' from the speech of other groups who use non-standard English. One example ...