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April 17, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Free and open to the public
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Black Language in America

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Often called bad grammar, improper English, and slang, African American English (AAE), also known as Black English and Ebonics, has been the most studied dialect in the history of the United States. Join Dr. Margaret G. Lee to examine the dynamic language that has reflected and influenced the lives, culture, identity and presence of black people in America. This presentation explores its origin and evolution from a pidgin and creole language to a full-fledged, rule-governed mode of communication. Also examined are society's attitudes towards the language, its contributions to American English vocabulary and popular culture, its educational implications, and some of the leading scholars in the field. Propelled by the African American oral tradition, this language spoken by the descendants of African slaves in America continues to play a significant role among educators, researchers, historians, linguists, and cultural enthusiasts.