Definition of Ebonics in English:


Line breaks: Ebon|ics
Pronunciation: /ɛˈbɒnɪks


[treated as singular]
  • American black English regarded as a language in its own right rather than as a dialect of standard English.
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    • While educators seek to teach Black children to learn and to speak mainstream English, do you believe Black English, or Ebonics, is unfairly stigmatized by American society at large?
    • Whether one is speaking Ebonics or Appalachian English, sociolinguists say all dialects are created equal.
    • First, a caveat - Ebonics, or ‘Black English’ is not the same thing as Hip Hop Slang.


1970s: blend of ebony and phonics.

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