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Ebonics

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Ebonics

Ebonics

Ebonics

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Join guest host Korva Coleman for a discussion about a California school board's decision to recognize Black English as a second language. The Oakland school board says the move will provide students who speak black English with the same special attention that a student speaking any foreign language would receive. Critics say the decision underestimates the learning abilities of young blacks. The Ebonics debate, next on Talk of the Nation from NPR News. Guests: John McWhorter Professor of Linguistics and African American Studies University of California, Berkley Author Towards a New Model of Creole Genesis John Rickford Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University Listeners call in