The Ebonics Controversy as Language Planning

By Charles DeBose.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The Ebonics Resolution, and the context of academic scholarship on African American Language (AAL) in which it is situated, is analyzed as a case study of language planning.

Keywords: African American Language, Black English, Ebonics, Language Planning and Policy, Literacy Achievement of Black Learners

International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 7, pp.89-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 801.980KB).

Dr. Charles DeBose

After completing a B.A. in Spanish at the University of Akron, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. I have continuing research interests in an archaic variety of African American language spoken there by descendants of free Africans who migrated from Philadelphia to Hispaniola in the early 1800’s. From 1966 to 1968, during the “War on Poverty” era, I worked as a Research Associate for the United Planning Organization in Washington D.C. In 1975, I completed my Ph.D. dissertation at Stanford University, Papiamentu: a Spanish-based creole. I currently serve as Professor of English at California State University, East Bay. I am an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and recently completed an M.A. thesis, Translation as cultural revitalization: the case of Gullah at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. Other publications include Speech, Language, Learning, and the African American Child, which I co-authored with Jean Van Keulen and Gloria Tolliver-Weddington (Allyn and Bacon 1998). A forthcoming book The Sociology of African American Language: A Language Planning Perspective (Palgrave MacMillan) is a comprehensive analysis of scholarly approaches to Black English / Ebonics.


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