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What is Ebonics Is it a language or not Ebonics referred to as black English is a language with clearly evident African American roots It has been found that when learning English African-Americans adapted the language using some of the structure and rules of their own native tongue This Black English has carried on through slavery and then freedom for hundreds of years Though often incorrectly defined as a language it really is a nonstandard dialect spoken in many homes in the inner cities of America Ebonics is not a separate language but a slightly different form of another language which is English Ebonics is vastly different from a real foreign language such as Japanese Italian or Russian Japanese for example has a completely different alphabet sentence structure words and sounds than English while Ebonics basically uses the same alphabet words and sounds as English The only difference between Ebonics and English is that some pronunciations of words spelling and grammar are slightly different Ebonics is a dialect People from all over the United States speak the same language English but different dialects compare the New Yorkan to the Chicagoan or compare Southerners way of speaking to Bostonians Ultimately Ebonics speaking individuals can understand English speaking individuals and vice versa In the United States many people of different ethnic groups have a language or dialect spoken at home which was passed down through the generations Ebonics is one of these dialects The teaching of Ebonics which was intended to reach out to black students actually holds black youth back Educators say that others who have perfected standard English will have the competitive edge over Ebonic speaking black students In the real world companies will preferably hire individuals who have mastered the standard language of society For example two applicants are equally qualified for a specific job but one speaks perfect English while the other speaks Ebonics or any other form of nonstandard English
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