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Blend of ebony +‎ phonics. Coined by scholars at the 1973 Cognitive and Language Development of the Black Child conference led by Robert L. Williams and published in his 1975 book Ebonics: The True Language of Black Folks.


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Ebonics (uncountable)

  1. African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
    • 1999, Pullum, Geoffrey K., “African American Vernacular English Is Not Standard English with Mistakes”, in Wheeler, Rebecca S., editor, The Workings of Language, →ISBN, page 40:
      Buried among the jargon of the announcement was a mention of a name for AAVE, suggested by a Black scholar in 1975[sic] but never adopted by linguists: Ebonics. That word, concocted from ebony (a color term from the name of a dark-colored wood) and phonics (the name of a method for teaching reading), was destined to attach to the board as if chiseled into a block of granite and hung round their necks.

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