• Yes, English is english no matter what.

    This country was built on a foundation of equality and justice, and built its cities and economics off of foreign people. English is only the majority language here because more people speak it, but that also includes dialects. It is ridiculously annoying at times but we have to accept such non-traditions, because that is what our day is coming to. Change.

  • Study it like Latin = a dead language

    Ebonics are filtering into main culture in alot of ways. The trick may be that Ebonics can vary from state to state. Slang is another way to look at it. Basically it does have some benefits, but teaching it in school has some detriments so it should be looked at closely.

  • Yes They Should

    Given that dialects such as Ebonics grow out of socioeconomic conditions and say something about the population that uses them, I do think academia should recognize them. I believe this is important when it comes to the study of populations and their ever changing cultures. You can't study a culture while leaving these things out.

  • No, slang dialects should not be recognized.

    Slang dialects like Ebonics should not be recognized as languages. English scholars would more call them a perversion of the English language. When children are in school it's very important for them to be taught how to speak in the mainstream way. If they wish to speak differently outside of school, then that's fine since it's on their own time. But for their education and for better chances in life, students should be taught proper English in school, and non-traditional dialects should not be recognized in an academic setting.

  • Non-traditional variations of the English language should not be recognized by academia.

    No, informal, non-traditional English dialects, such as Ebonics, should not be recognized in the academic world. While it would be okay to acknowledge these language variations outside of an academic setting, in the academic world, they should stick to proper use of the English language. Informal, non-traditional variations of the English language have no place in academia.

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