Br br ebonics is a language that is a combination of proper english and a combination of african languages. Ebony phonics comprehending ebonics immigrant groups from every part of the world have routinely brought their languages to the united states save one.
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Ebony phonics ebonics. Ebonics a portmanteau of the words ebony and phonics is a term that was originally intended to refer to the language of all people descended from enslaved black africans particularly in west africa the caribbean and north america since the 1996 controversy over its use by the oakland school board the term ebonics has primarily been used to refer to the sociolect african american english. Ebonics which stands for ebony phonics is a new term that linguistics use to describe black dialect or black english or many of the other names that it has been given for more that 350 years. While its features are found most commonly among african americans ebonics is itself derived from ebony and phonics meaning black sounds not all african americans speak it.
At its most literal level ebonics simply means black speech a blend of the words ebony black and phonics sounds. The term was created in 1973 by a group of black scholars who disliked the negative connotations of terms like nonstandard negro english that had been coined in the 1960s when the first modern large scale linguistic studies of african american speech communities began. Published in discover magazine december 1997 final version is slightly different reflecting editor s changes to james baldwin writing in 1979 it was this passion this skill.
Has been in the news recently but it is definitely not a new topic. If we made a list of all the ways in which the pronunciation and grammar of ebonics differ from standard english we probably couldn t find anyone who always uses all of them.