EBONICS ONCE AND FOR ALL

Subject: EBONICS ONCE AND FOR ALL
From: Vikki Shine <shinev -at- STD -dot- TERADYNE -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Dec 1996 11:11:26 -0800

A quote taken from the e-mail message sent by Wayne Douglass from
Lori Olszewski, Chronicle East Bay Bureau...

"Linguists recognize that Ebonics has origins in the West and
Niger-Congo African languages spoken by slaves. It has distinct
grammar and syntax patterns tied to those roots, such as the
absence of forms of the verb ``to be.'' "

Have the slaves not been freed? To want to create a separate
course/language or whatever; to make an exception because of African
heritage. Come on. I know this is a tech writers forum; but we write the
accepted language in America.

This is the nineties; while in "Rome, do what the Romans do." A separate
language, I think not. A common language is the key to breaking down barriers.
It appears to be me that the real problem is taking time to learn the
language properly, whether it be at school, or more importantly at home
where the language is learned first. Let's move on.


Vikki


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