African American Vernacular English

noun
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of African American Vernacular English

: a nonstandard variety of English spoken by some African Americans
  • Modern lifestyles that rely on cell phones and the Internet are referred to as sources of linguistic innovation, and rap and hip hop music are pointed out as illustrative of African American Vernacular English
  • American Speech
abbreviation AAVE

First Known Use of african american vernacular english

1991

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