One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various nonstandard forms of English spoken by black people, especially as an urban dialect in the US.
- ‘Like the black English which Kai Ting adopts, symbols of Jewish identity become part of his vocabulary and a reference point for describing his own Chinese identity.’
- ‘‘I remember he wrote an article in The New York Times in 1979 asking ‘If black English isn't a language, tell me what it is.’’
- ‘I must agree with the verdict that the black English terms HIP, DIG, and JIVE are not borrowings from an African language.’
- ‘I have just been reading the thoroughly sensible things that she says about black English and standard English.’
- ‘These children come to school with a rich set of collective experiences and a particular, well-developed dialect - black English.’
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