Unformatted text preview: Ch 35 and 36 yellow book notes: African American English- known as Ebonics Two major explanations for origin and easily development of AAE. One: The Anglicist Hypothesis – set forth first by American dialectologists, during mid-twentieth century, argues the origin of AAE can be traced to same sources as earlier European American dialects of English. This position assumes that: slaves speaking different African languages simply learned the regional and social varieties of the adjacent groups of white speakers as they acquired English. Also, it assumes that over the course of a couple generations only a few minor traces of these ancestral langs remained. In mid 1960s and 1970s, Anglicist position was challenged by the “creolist hypothesis”. Creole hypothesis: asserts that an English-based creole language spread throughout the African diaspora, and today creoles are still spoken in regions that extend from west African countries such as sierra Leone and Liberia through to where Gullah is spoken....
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