Black English Vernacular

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Black English

or Black English Vernacular
2. Any of the nonstandard varieties of English spoken by black people throughout the world.
Our Living Language In the United States, Black English usually refers to the everyday spoken varieties of English used by African Americans, especially of the working class in urban neighborhoods or rural communities. (Some linguists use the term African American Vernacular English.) It is an error to suppose that Black English is spoken by all African Americans regardless of their background. In fact, the English spoken by African Americans is highly varied—as varied as the English spoken by any other racial or ethnic group. · Sometimes Black English is used to refer to other varieties of English spoken by black people outside of the United States, as in the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.
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Noun1.Black English Vernacular - a nonstandard form of American English characteristically spoken by African Americans in the United States
American English, American language, American - the English language as used in the United States
gangsta - (Black English) a member of a youth gang
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The unease about the "manner of speech" of inner-city workers suggests that poor blacks pay a heavy price in the labor market for speaking what sociolinguists call Black English Vernacular. French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu asserts that people who are unable to master the official language are doomed to inferior positions because dialect is devalued in school and the workplace.
Black dialect is referred to by many names: Ebonics, Black American dialect, Black English Vernacular, and African American dialect.
A good place to begin this discussion is with the highly problematic label Black English Other expressions and terms that have been used, and sometimes continue to be used, in the literature, to refer to Black English include the now-dated Nonstandard Negro English, Black English Vernacular, African American Vernacular English, and Ebonics, among others.