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Origins of AAVE Four ideas have surfaced regarding the origins of AAVE These hypotheses include Africanist Creolist English Dialect and Divergence Each of these hypotheses has supporting evidence However some find the supporting evidence arguable The Africanist Creolist and English Dialect hypothesis were all created by the different viewpoints of speakers of AAVE These people find it difficult to settle on hypotheses for the mere reason that the place of origin could come from a broad range of places Each hypothesis has evidence against the supporting ideas All of these hypotheses could very well be valid but fallacy can be found in dealing with each one The Africanist hypothesis deals with the languages of Africa In West African countries the language does not usually use consonant clusters The sound of st and th are not heard in the African language This pronunciation form is also seen in AAVE In the pronunciation of just and test AAVE speakers say jus and tes The use of double subjects is also seen in both AAVE and African grammar rules Two pieces of evidence have been formed which question the Africanist hypothesis So far there has not been one African language that does contain all of the features used in AAVE Some of the features can be found in non-standard English These two pieces of evidence shoot holes through the hypothesis Without an African language to derive AAVE features from the hypothesis has no foundation The idea of the features being found in non-standard English suggest that the African language might hot have had anything to do with the origin of AAVE The Creolist hypothesis comes from a Creole language that was widely spoken in the plantation south The idea is that the plantation Creole has been converging with mainstream English since the civil war Strong evidence supporting this hypothesis includes evidence of Gullah a language spoken in South Carolina and Georgia Various grammatical and pronunciation features also support
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