Date: Mon, 17 Jul 1995 20:56:02 -0400
From: TERRY IRONS t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSUACAD.MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Subject: Re: AAVE/BEV/EBONICS/BAE AND WHAT NOT
On Mon, 17 Jul 1995, salikoko mufwene wrote:
Try analyzing some white nonstandard varieties of English within the
theoretical framework you used for AAVE/BAE's time reference system and I
dare you to draw the same conclusion. I am amused by the fact that neither
you nor Ditra invoke what the average speaker of AAVE/BAE thinks they speak.
Just think why a term as appealing as "Ebonics" has not become popular
within the African American population most closely connected with the
variety (since 1975!), in contrast with, for instance, "African American."
Its usage is still confined to a segment of the elite, especially the
Labels as distinct from realities have political/economic motivations.
Notice that my fanciful name for this language included "Hibernian." In
this respect I include many so-called non-standard varieties spoken by
people of Irish and Scots descent in what we call BE. I teach many of
these people in the Appalachian plateau region of the US, a region with
the most concentrated poverty in this land of plenty. These people are
intensely aware of the fact that they speak differently from the way
people on the TV speak. It is sad that they are often ashamed of this
fact, and want to change they way they speak. I see it every day. It is
a case of internal colonialism at its worst.
Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msuacad.morehead-st.edu
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