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Black English was conceived and further developed as ebonics in the 1970s and 1980s and since then the debate of whether Black English is a dialect of Standard English or a separate language has initiated clamor between linguistics This paper will bring to light the issues of this battle and explore the myths and realities encompassing ebonics The term Ebonics our main focus here has been used to suggest that there is a language or features of language common to all people of African ancestry whether they live in Africa Brazil or the United States Linguists who have published studies of the African American community do not used this term but refer instead to African American Vernacular English a dialect spoken by most residents of the inner cities This African American Vernacular English shares most of its grammar and vocabulary with other dialects of English But it is distinct in many ways and it is more different from standard English than any other dialect spoken in continental North America It is not simply slang or grammatical mistakes but a well-formed set of rules of pronunciation and grammar that is capable of conveying complex logic and reasoning In the first two decades of research linguists were divided in their views of the origin of African American English whether it was a Southern regional dialect descended from nonstandard English and Irish dialects or the descendant of a Creole grammar similar to that spoken in the Caribbean By 1980 a consensus seemed to have been reached as expressed in the verdict of Judge Charles Joyner in the King trial in Ann Arbor this variety of language showed the influence of the entire history of the African American people from slavery to modern times and was gradually converging with other dialects However research in the years that followed found that in many of its important features African American Vernacular English was becoming not less but more different from
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