Every culture and every region across the globe has its own slang. European English regions, such as Wales, Ireland, and Scotland also have their own slang.
I think that this controversy is rooted in the American cultural belief that African Americans are not to receive the same quality of education as other groups. I say this because African American English has been declared a separate language from the Linguistic Society of America and therefore, its speakers should receive the same English as a Second Language instruction that other non English speakers receive.
This is important because African American English is structurally different than academic English, which is the language of assessment. Slang changes with trends but African American English has been spoken in this country since the s.
This language form directly influenced modern American English and more directly Southern English. Southerners have their accent because of their close relationship with Africans who were learning English by ear.
My grandmother does not speak slang. She speaks widely promoted form of American English. As an ESL professor for foreign professionals, I am always asked to teach African American English by students because they want to understand what Black people are saying in the media because the African American is the most exported American cultural artifact.
African American English speakers are not aware that they are not speaking the expected English form until they are confronted by someone who speaks differently. My teacher took eleven points off my essay. I told her that it is a word. While I do believe that her approach was rude, I appreciate that she told me that because I did not know.
If I was provided with language classes that informed me of the differences between my home language and the expected academic standard, I would have faired better. I believe that this was the goal of the Oakland School Board.
On December 27,the Clinton Administration declared that no federal funding could be used to provide language training to African American English speakers.
This declaration reaffirms my initial statement that American culture maintains this double standard when it comes to educating Black children. It is not right that the children of people who are new to our country get an academic advantage over those who have already been here.Fact of the matter is, "hip-hop slang" is the common everyday language of many black youth.
It IS the vernacular english of (at least some groups of) African American youth.
Ebonics refers to a . Most linguists refer to the distinctive speech of African Americans as 'Black English' or African American English (AAE) or, if they want to emphasize that this doesn't include the standard English usage of African Americans, as 'African American Vernacular English' (AAVE).
An element of dialect is slang. We hear slang everyday. Some slang words are timeless, such as "bro," "cool," etc. Others come and go for a stint or a short period of time. Either way, slang is something that is greatly embedded into our culture.
I probably use slang everyday without even knowing it. I must say, I don't want to really go into details with the word, because I don't want to offend anyone. I suggest you just not use it - To explain why, if you take the word "Nizza" and replace the "z" with "g"'s you will understand why.
Slang is a particular choice of vocabulary and grammar used by a subgroup, such as a certain age group, within a society, unlike colloquial language, which is still considered standard speech and is used by most people within a language group.
- Slang: My Social Dialect From the student: In Writing Studio , we focused on the rhetoric of discourse communities. For this particular assignment, we were asked to discuss a discourse community that we are a part of, and its effect on people outside of that community.