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  • Feb 29, 2012
  • 01:46 PM

Is Black English a Dialect or a Language? (audio)

Mike Vuolo / Slate Magazine
Kathryn Stockett’s dialogue-heavy The Help, the novel that was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie, caused a stir over whether a white writer should try to depict African-American English. But wait, what is African-American English exactly and isn’t it called Ebonics? Bob Garfield and I sift through the history, misconceptions, and reality of a vernacular wrapped in a dialect inside a language.

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