Is Ebonics a language?
According to Rickford it is. Ebonics is just like a language in that it has a structure, grammar and vocal inflexions that all have particular meanings and rules of usage. Ebonics is a newly formed and widely spreading language that often is mixed into English and other languages and self-expressions for cultural and language communication. Ebonics and its roots seem more uncertain, since it is a language that has been formed over many years and now, like in Oakland California considered a foreign language.
Websites that articulate the Ebonics issues and argumentsIntroduction– www.unc.edu/~jdumas/projects/ebonics.htm Oakland School Board Ebonics Resolution– www.jaedworks.com/shoebox/oakland-ebonics.html Ebonics stirs public debate– www.usc.edu/student-affairs/dt/V130/N02/01-ebonics.02c.html Online NewsHour: The Ebonics Discussion — January 9, 1997– www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/education/ebonb_1-9.html