Standard English and AAVE. This lesson borrows heavily from Peter Trudgill’s paper “Standard English: What it isn’t” (in Trudgill, P. (2002). Sociolinguistic Variation and Change. Washington, DC George Washington University Press. How does a language becomes standardized?.
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This lesson borrows heavily from Peter Trudgill’s paper “Standard English: What it isn’t” (in Trudgill, P. (2002). Sociolinguistic Variation and Change. Washington, DC George Washington University Press.
In January of 1997, the LSA passed a resolution on AAVE. Here are some selected quotes from it:
he walk for he walks
she raise for she raises
2. Plural absence on general plural (but not plurals for weights and measures)
four girl for four girls
some dog for some dogs
four cup for four cups
You been paid your dues.
I been known him for a long time
You been gone to school today.
She nice for She’s nice
He in the kitchen for He’s in the kitchen
You ugly for You ugly
And how could teachers help them [i.e., AAVE
speakers] to acquire Standard English without
eroding their innate pride in Black Culture?
One retired teacher of my acquaintance used to do
it by explaining that so-called Black English is
nothing more than the language slaves learned
from their ignorant white overseers.