The Standardization of African American Language: Just do it!

  • Charles DeBose


In this chapter, I assume a visionary role, and invite the reader to join me in an imaginary journey from the status quo of American educational policy to a possible future in which African American language is seen by the average person as it is presently seen by linguists: as an instance of normal language. Imagine if you will, a futuristic scenario in which the idea of “Ebonics being taught in the schools” no longer generates the outrage that was frequently heard in the aftermath of the Oakland School Board resolution.


Language Planning Translation Project Conventional Orthography African American Literature Schwa Vowel 
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© Charles E. DeBose 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles DeBose
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  1. 1.California State UniversityUSA

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