Black English

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Proper noun[edit]

Black English

  1. Any of several varieties of English spoken by or associated with Black people, especially people of African origin or in Africa.[1]
    • 1977, David Ola Oke, “The genesis of New World Black English”, in Caribbean Quarterly, volume 23, page 65:
      Sranan-Tongo is a New World Black language form produced by the same processes that gave rise to Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean Black English.
    • 1997, Rajend Mesthrie, “A sociolinguistic study of topicalisation phenomena in South African Black English”, in Manfred Görlach, Edgar W. Schneider, editors, Englishes Around the World, volume 2, page 119:
      There is little doubt that an African variety of English is very much part of the communicative economy of the new South Africa (for which I shall use the conventional label South African Black English, in short SABE).
    1. (US) Synonym of African-American English (AAE), sometimes specifically African-American Vernacular English (AAVE).
      • 2021 November 16, John McWhorter, “‘Woke’ Went the Way of ‘P.C.’ and ‘Liberal’”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
        Perhaps Black English will yield a new neutral term for wokeness.
    2. (UK) Synonym of Multicultural London English (MLE)
    3. (CA) Synonym of Greater Toronto English (MTE)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tom McArthur (1998) Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language

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