Black English (Was: Ebonic Xmass)
|Date:||Thursday, January 13, 2000, 15:22|
Patrick, you proved the point about Black English, though seemed
to miss it yourself. Black English is slang. Bad english in the
same sense as "Thanks dude." or "What's up?" is. I do not question
its languagehood based on semantics. I question it because it
the people who speak it have a good four-five synonyms for their
race. Regardles of whether it *should be* considered a language
of its own right, it started being called a language out of
consideration for racial-oversensitivity.
The quality of English, by the way, should probably be determined
by how easily the rest of the country's population can understand
you. That is: What percentage of the country is potential
audience to a leaflet written in the English people speak in
Washington? And what percentage can it hope to reach if it is
written in Ebonics or Black English?
PS: Ebony is a type of wood. Ebon is the adjective for ebony.