The Language Situation in the African American Speech Community: The Status of Variety X

  • Charles DeBose


The language situation in the African American speech community, which is the focus of this chapter, is in many ways a microcosm of the language situation in the United States. To the extent that such is an accurate premise, one overwhelming generalization, of far-reaching significance is the acknowledgment that it is a virtually monolingual English-speaking community. Although other languages are spoken, English is – with few exceptions – the language normally spoken in everyday public interaction. Major exceptions are places like Miami, Florida, where one is as likely to hear Spanish spoken in certain areas of the city.


Standard English Speech Community Language Variety Language Planning Linguistic System 
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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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