Is Ebonics a Real Language
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2nd: The definition for the word language, according to the dictionary, is: a body of words and the systems for their use common to a people who are of the same community or nation.
As you have just stated, and as everyone knows, Ebonics is most commonly used with African American/Black people. So in keeping with what the dictionary says, because Ebonics is most commonly used by the people of the African American/Black community, it is in fact a language.
a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary, and by its use by a group of speakers who are set off from others geographically or socially.
According to this definition, Ebonics can be considered a dialect of the English language. Ebonics, similar to English in the use of vocabulary and grammar, is as you stated mainly used by the "African-American/Black culture", and it is fair to say that this culture is separated socially from other cultures, and if we can take that social aspect one step further, Ebonics is spoken among the middle to lower class African-american/black community as common knowledge would show. thus proving two social factors that separate those who "speak" Ebonics, and those who speak English and fulfilling the definition of a dialect rather than a language
Also, Ebonics could not be a language because many linguistics know, a language is more political and cultural than just a group of words with grammar rules. For example you can take the Chinese and the Japanese. Though to an outside spectator that knows little of the two, the languages may sound, and actually be similar, but weather they are, or not is irrelevant. If you tell a Chinese person that he speaks Japanese he/she would most likely correct you because telling them that they speak Japanese can be considered an insult, culturally and politically that person is Chinese and not Japanese, thus it is reflected in there language.
Japan and China are politically, and literally separated, thus represented in there language. However those who 'speak' Ebonics, doubtfully, would like to be separated from their counter-parts who speak English. Yes there among those two groups (Ebonics 'speakers', and English speakers) but this separation is not political or cultural.
This separation can not be considered a cultural separation because I do not believe that all African-Americans/Blacks would like to be culturally linked to being able to 'speak Ebonics, however all Chinese (as those who are of direct Chinese decent and live in china) are culturally associated with the Chinese language.
2nd: It may be true that Ebonics borrows heavily from the English language, but doesn't English do the same thing? English after all is based on both Greek and Italian. But English isn't a dialect. It is a language. Just like English has its own rules and punctuation, Ebonics does too. That implies that Ebonics has the qualities of a language and therefore it is a language.
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