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African American Vernacular English (Ebonics)

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

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  • African Americans -- English
  • African Americans -- Languages
  • African American Vernacular English
  • Africanisms
  • Bi-dialectialism
  • Black English 
  • Code switching
  • Dialect 
  • Ebonics 
  • English language -- Social aspects
  • Slang