Date: Fri, 14 Jul 1995 10:09:51 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: oj trial In Message Fri, 14 Jul 1995 09:51:33 +0100, debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU writes: >My African American students for the past 2 semesters have been using the >term Ebonics to refer to what we most recently seem to be calling AAVE. To my knowledge, the term "Ebonics" was used first by some African American linguists in 1975, in a volume edited by Robert R. Williams titled EBONICS: THE TRUE LANGUAGE OF BLACK FOLKS. The only other place I have seen it used in print, in the linguistic context, is a special issue of JOURNAL OF BLACK STUDIES titled EBONICS (BLACK ENGLISH): IMPLICATIONS FOR EDUCATION (1979). I have never seen the term used by African American linguists who would be more familiar to members of this list and I have never heard it used by laypersons in the African American community, at least not in Chicago, Athens, Georgia, or Charleston, SC. On the other hand, it is the term being used in the Afrocentricity school led by Molefi Asante, Temple University. Last time I spoke there in April this year, I was chastized by students for not using the term. On the other hand, Molefi told me he could tolerate my terminological mistake. Hope you find this information useful. Sali. *********************************************************************** Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861