Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 13:59:58 -0500 From: Gregory {Greg} Downing Subject: Re: Rickford on Ebonics in Discovery At 01:37 PM 11/20/97 -0500, you wrote: >One of my graduate students just handed me a copy of John R. Rickford's >"Suite for Ebony and Phonics" (_Discover_ Dec. 1997: 82-87). > Some version of this article, maybe identical to the print version but maybe not, is at this URL: At the bottom of the article are four related links, one of which is "American Dialects Society" [sic]. A quick skim indicates that the piece is oriented toward a generally-educcted audience and argues that, speaking descriptively, AAVE is a rule-governed variety of English with influences from west-Afr languages etc. I'm sure there are plenty of nuances to the piece beyond that, but all I have time for just at the moment is a quick skim. Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]