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African American Vernacular English (Ebonics)

An Undergraduate Library Subject Guide providing suggested resources and other information for beginning research on the topic African American Vernacular English (Ebonics).

Background Information

Called AAVE, Black English, Black Vernacular, or Ebonics, this dialect of the American English language is among the most widely used and recognized. Use the following sources to learn more about AAVE in social, cultural, professional, and educational contexts.