Dawg Sez 15
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What do you see?
wolves at play; jaw sparring
Yer ears ain't any better than yer eyes. What do you hear?
Something called standard English is taught in American public schools. Most languages have an 'official version' that the government encourages. This is fine. If you're building a house, good to have a solid foundation.
A dialect is usually defined as a variation of the standard language. Not everyone agrees on this definition. The problem has a number of issues. Can a dialect continue to change and become a language? Are dialects 'bad' and standard forms 'good'? If two standard forms are combined, what results?
Ebonics is a term coined to describe to Black English. If Ebonics is considered dialect, as many Caucasians think, then it can be labeled as 'bad'. Bad grammar. Faulty syntax. A vocabulary that seems bent on confusion.
If Ebonics is a language, then it is no more incorrect than French.
Toni Morrison is quite sure it is a language.
It’s terrible to think that a child with five different tenses comes to school to be faced with books that are less than his own language.1
What she refers to is the sense of time in Black English.
Some of the ways to talk about walking2: