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AAVE in The Modern Era

Mission: to persuade school systems to switch to using programs that incorporate code-meshing rather than code-switching 

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Code - Switch·ing

/kōd swiCH/

noun

The practice of alternating between two or more language or varieties of language in conversation

ex. the conversational code-switching of the German American bilingual community

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Af·ri·can A·mer·i·can Ver·nac·u·lar Eng·lish 

/ˈafrəkən əˈmerəkən vərˈnakyələr ˈiNG(ɡ)liSH/

noun

a nonstandard variety of English natively spoken by some African Americans, especially as an urban dialect in the US. More commonly known as 'Black English' and It is a language created with unique grammatical vocabulary and accent features

ex. the man spoke in clear African American Vernacular English.

Stand·ard A·mer·i·can Eng·lish

 /ˈstandərd əˈmerəkənˈiNG(ɡ)liSH/

noun

the form of the English language used in the United States informal and professional speech and writing, as taught in schools and heard on newscasts, adhering to fixed norms of spelling, grammar, and usage in written and spoken contexts, and neutralizing nonstandard dialectal variation. 

ex. the English teacher speaks in Standard American English (SAE)

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Code - Mesh·ing 

/kōd meSH/

noun

the act of combing local, vernacular, colloquial, and world dialects of English on formal assignments and in everyday conversation, that allows for more freedom from the formal language.

ex. she spoke with pride when she used code-meshing.

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Music:

Scan these codes on Spotify to hear some raw examples of AAVE being used in the modern era.

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‘Big Poppa’ – The Notorious BIG

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‘You Know How We Do It’ – Ice Cube

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‘What You Know About Love’ – Pop Smoke

‘LOVE.FEAT.ZACARI’ – Kendrick Lamar, Zacari

“The writer cannot expect to be excused from the task of reeducation and regeneration that must be done. In fact, he should march right in front.” - Chinua Achebe 

Quotes From Powerful Black Woman

“I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Shakespeare wrote about love. I write about love. Shakespeare wrote about gang warfare, family feuds, and revenge. I write about all the same things.” -Sister Souljah

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn, you would never grow” – Beyonce

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