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10 Things To Know About African American Language

10 Things To Know About African American Language

African descendants in the U.S. have been speaking varieties of English, today known as African American Language (AAL), for many centuries. Names have included: African American Vernacular English (AAVE), Afro-American English, Black Vernacular English, Black English Vernacular, Black English, Black Language, Spoken Soul, Black Street Speech, Black Folk Speech, Black Dialect, Black Communications, all the way back to American Negro English, Nonstandard Negro English, and Negro Dialect. Models of American Englishes showing the overlaps between African American English and other American Englishes. \"He be dreaming\" and \"He is dreaming\" mean two very different things in African American English. On one hand, African American Language is loved, appreciated, and appropriated by the mainstream.

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