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Ebonics

noun; blending
The language spoken by black Oakland inner-city youths, as defined by the Oakland School Board, ca. 1996. (‘We must have a bilingual program that teaches students in both English and Ebonics.’) While the Oakland School Board may have had ground to call black Oakland English a different language, there was a tremendous backlash from groups all over the country when the topic of Federal funding for a bilingual program was brought up. No doubt the board thought to draw on pro-education sentiment in putting forward its concept, but many blacks found the insinuation that a bilingual program was required offensive and misguided. I remember a quote something like this from a few months ago; Ebonics has since generated a great deal of attention, though this attention seems to have faded of late. The word was first coined last year. Presumed reason for coinage: Need for a word to describe a concep that was new to the language.
 
The Oakland School Board today announced its plans to seek Federal funding for a bilingual program utilizing instruction in both English and Ebonics.
Etymology : Blending of EBONY and PHONICS
Source : Some news service
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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