Gullah—the African-influenced dialect of Georgia’s Sea Islands—has undergone few changes since the first slave ships landed 300 years ago, and provides a clear window into the shaping of African-American English. This classic PBS program
traces that story from the west coast of Africa through the American South, then to large northern cities in the 1920s. Studying the origins of West African pidgin English and creole speech—along with the tendency of 19th-century white Southerners to pick up speech habits from their black nursemaids—the program highlights the impact of WWI-era industrialization and the migration of jazz musicians to New York and Chicago.
The Smoking Gun has come into possession of an unusual RFP
from the DEA: they want 'Ebonics experts' to help decipher wiretaps
A Common Misunderstanding of the Lyrics of Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind
: The intricacies of rap lingo dissected by the intelligentsia, with predictable results. [more inside]
Redneck ebonics triumphs.
Merriam-Webster online now gives "nu-kyu-lar" as an alternative pronunication of "nuclear." While dictionaries have become more descriptive and less prescriptive over the years, shouldn't they at least list it as [idiotic variant
Survey on Learning Standard American English in Black American Communities.
This academic survey is designed to gather attitudes among Black Americans regarding Ebonics, better known to linguists at African American Vernacular English.