Ebonics Essay

Ebonics Essay - One distinct characteristic of human beings...

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One distinct characteristic of human beings is not only the ability to communicate, but the capacity for language which allows us to maintain deep social relationships and establish a system of culture (Nanda 2007). Anthropologists have argued in the past over whether or not all languages are equal; however, now most would conclude that all languages are equally as complex. Languages can only be considered different and cannot be considered better or worse than each other (Price 10/14/08). Although this is commonly accepted, it is still not universally believed that Black English, or Ebonics, is its own language and not a form of “broken English.” Sociolinguists note the similarities in Standard Spoken American English and Ebonics. Perhaps this is why many believe Ebonics are simply a failed attempt at SSAE. Ebonics, however, have a history deeply intertwined with that of SSAE, but have their own set of established syntax rules. These rules allow for the communication of complex thought processes just as efficiently as any
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2012 for the course ANTH 101 taught by Professor Scarre during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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