National identity and native language for ethnic groups is no stranger to controversy. Immigrant groups from every part of the world have routinely brought their languages to the United States, and African-Americans were no different (Baugh, 2005). There are more than 47 million people in the U.S. between age five an older who speak a language other than English at home, and the top five languages are Spanish, Chinese, French, German and Tagalog (Hybels, and Weaver, 2007).
Fourteen years ago, in Oakland California the Ebonics debate came to the forefront. The term Ebonics, which is a portmanteau word of ebony and phonics, has been suggested as the alternative name for this dialect. Ebonics is a language system with its own vocabulary, rules of grammar, and structure. It is also k...
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