Dialect⋅Sociolect⋅Ethnolect

Why all the negativity

when one speaks the same language

but with a different…

expression

or shall I say…

dialect?

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Dialect 1. 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. 2. a provincial, rural, or socially distinct variety of a language that differs from the standard language, especially when considered as substandard. 3. a language considered as one of a group that have a common ancestor

One dictionary definition even states: a form of a language that is considered inferior [World English Dictionary] <(seriously?!!!)

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I never thought of the word dialect within this negative context

why is this considered:

ghetto” “low-class” “ignorant” “bad-grammar” “slang

when using words like,

fin’to | ain’t | a’ight | fo’ sho’

ebonics . black english

sociolect . ethnolect

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Sometimes, I never really hear of the Black-American language being referred to in a positive light.

Maybe things are changing… “Ain’t nobody got time fah’ dat” I’ve heard this quoted by everyone, and I mean everyone. There still may be a bit of…ignorance lingering in the air about these matters though…

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5 thoughts on “Dialect⋅Sociolect⋅Ethnolect

  1. https://facweb.northseattle.edu/ccummings/Survey%20of%20Anthropology/Smith%20&%20McWhorter%20Black%20American%20English.pdf

    I am sorry if you have ever felt looked down upon because of Black English. Language variations; be it ethnolects, dialect, or accents, only serve to enrich a language- not ditract from it. Language reflects the lives and daily realities of the speakers, so it’s natural for a language to have different varieties. The pdf above is a book by John Mcwhorter. He’s a very prevelant sociolinguist. He works a lot with language prejudices in the US, as well as debunking myths regarding American English language variety.

    (here is a video of him going more into depth, in case you don’t feel inclined to read that long book! ((I wouldn’t blame you!))

    In the end, languages (and language varieties) do not have the power to be good or bad. Language can only reflect the reality of its speech community. No one has the right to tell anyone else that their dialect, accent, or ethnolect is inferior. Because all languages serve the same purpose, which is sending and recieving messages, just in different ways. Thank you for posting this. More people need to know that black english is just as valid, interesting, and complex as any other variation of English.

    Also, side note, it’s time American media started portraying black english in a positive light. If we had more movies, music, and shows portraying black english as a regular, everyday form of speech (not speech for only gangsters or thugs,) I think the perception of black english on a whole would become more possitive. (In the linguistic community this might be called something like, ‘the normalization of non standard english variations!)

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